What medical conditions qualify for Social Security disability in North Carolina? The answer is, many medical conditions qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but you must be able to meet certain medical requirements. As an applicant, you are required to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with medical evidence from acceptable sources that show that you are impaired and the degree of impairment.
The SSA maintains a list of conditions that it considers disabling and that potentially qualify applicants for disability benefits. This listing of impairments, which includes both physical and mental conditions, is detailed in the Social Security’s Blue Book. There are 14 broad categories of impairments, each with specific medical requirements that an applicant must meet for each condition in order to be determined disabled.
More than 10 million people receive Social Security disability benefits each year. For the SSA to consider you disabled, your condition must be permanent or expected to result in death, and it must severely or totally impede your capacity to work. Of all impairments, the following five are the most common types for which people are awarded benefits.
- Musculoskeletal and connective tissue conditions, e.g., back, hip, knee and shoulder impairments
- Mental conditions (About one-third of disability recipients have a mental disorder diagnosis, according to the SSA. These include issues such as mood disorders, memory loss, impaired mental functioning and schizophrenia.)
- Circulatory system conditions, e.g., heart failure and heart transplants.
- Cancers, including breast cancer, lymphoma, leukemia and lung cancer.
- Nervous system and sense organs conditions, e.g., stroke, cerebral palsy; multiple sclerosis, blindness and hearing loss.
How do I Meet Social Security’s Medical Requirements?
To meet the medical requirements, you’ll have to provide the SSA with evidence that includes the following:
- Medical history;
- Lab results;
- Physical and/or mental evaluations;
- Prognosis and diagnosis;
- Treatment plan; and
- Functional capacity evaluation.
Medical evidence must demonstrate that your impairment greatly affects the physical or mental ability to do basic work. It’s critical to receive consistent care from supportive physicians once you’ve applied for benefits. This is not only for your personal well-being, but also to suffice as evidence to support your claim for benefits.
Fortunately, the SSA uses two processes for applicants with severe conditions so that they can obtain benefits quickly. These fast-track processes, Quick Disability Determination (QDD) and Compassionate Allowances (CAL), use software programs to identify claimants with severe disabilities so that the Administration can expedite their decisions.
The SSA notes, “If the evidence provided by the claimant’s own medical sources is inadequate to determine if he or she is disabled, additional medical information may be sought by recontacting the treating source for additional information or clarification, or by arranging for a consultative examination.”
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It’s highly advisable to have a disability attorney help you compile the medical evidence necessary to meet the SSA’s requirements so your claim isn’t denied. To speak with a well-established firm in Winston-Salem that is dedicated to serving disabled Americans, call Patton Brown Law for a free consultation. Contact us today at 855-860-2150.