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Social Security disability

Federal Social Security laws maintain a strict definition of a disability. According to the Social Security Administration, to receive a disability benefit, you must prove the following:

  • You cannot do any substantial work because of your medical condition
  • This condition or conditions has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 1 year, or to result in your death

The administration assesses the overall ability of the claimant to engage in employment. During this analysis of whether the claimant receives disability benefits, the administration uses a specific set of regulations and listings describing certain conditions or diseases.

These include:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Growth impairments
  • Vision disorders
  • Balance and hearing disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Breathing disorders
  • Heart and blood vessel diseases
  • Digestive system diseases
  • Kidney diseases
  • Blood and lymphatic diseases

When applying for disability benefits, the applicable agencies may request applications for disability benefits. This application will require several forms and may entail a face-to-face interview.

Medical Evidence and Social Security Injuries

However, a disability claim will also require the claimant to provide sufficient medical evidence to show the extent of the above injuries are sufficient to receive disability benefits.
Agencies will ask for some or all of the following information:

  • Your medical assistance number, if applicable
  • The contact information for the doctor/HMO/therapist that treated the illnesses, injuries, or conditions, or the information for the individual you expect to treat you in the future
  • A list of hospitals, clinics, or emergency rooms you visited
  • A list of medications and medical tests you have had

If the evidence is not available or insufficient to make a determination, the agency may request a consultive examination.