Am I Required to Have a Condition on the List to Get Benefits? Answers for People in Indiana.

If you’re thinking about applying for Social Security Disability benefits because your health has knocked you out of commission for work, you may have questions, like a lot of people, about whether your medical condition qualifies.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a “Listing of Impairments” that could help you navigate this process.

The list has information on dozens of different physical and mental health conditions that can qualify you for disability benefits, grouped into 14 categories.

And it has directions for each one, such as what kinds of symptoms you can explain to Social Security, and what kinds of medical evidence and records you can include with your application for benefits.

It is helpful. But it’s also long and full of technical, medical and legal language that’s hard to follow.

You don’t have to wrestle with this on your own.

An experienced disability advocate can interpret the SSA disability listings for you and apply it to your case. An advocate can help you even when your diagnosis doesn’t appear on the SSA’s list. You could still win benefits, you just have to know how.

Social Security Disability benefits provide great relief when your finances are in trouble because of serious health problems, but most people get denied when they try to get benefits.

If you’re in Indiana—Indianapolis, Danville, Franklin, Lebanon, Noblesville or any Indiana community, talk to Hanley Disability, one of the longest established teams of disability advocates in the state. We have decades of experience helping thousands of people.

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Once you’re denied benefits, the clock starts ticking. Don’t wait too long. You might miss the deadline to appeal.

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Types of Impairments in the SSA Disability Listings

These are the 14 major categories of health problems that Social Security recognizes on its list:

For every disease under each category, the SSA disability listings give symptoms you can document for your disability application.

Take lupus, which is under immune disorders. The list mentions fatigue, fever, involuntary weight loss, limited daily activities, difficulty socializing and difficulty completing tasks as effects of lupus that Social Security recognizes when it evaluates disability claims.

The list also gives specific types of evidence of your health condition that you can include for a stronger disability claim.

For cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure, types of evidence include physical exam reports, laboratory studies, observations from medical professionals of how your condition responds to treatment, electrocardiogram (ECG) tests, exercise tests and more.

The information in the Listing of Impairments goes on for pages. Disability advocates who work with this system all the time know what’s in there and what you need for your case.

Ask the Hanley Disability advocates in Indiana for a no-cost, no-obligation review of your situation and chances of getting disability benefits.

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What if My Health Problem Isn’t on the Social Security Disability Listing of Impairments?

Don’t despair if you can’t find your diagnosis in the SSA disability listings.

While the list covers a lot of details people can use in their disability cases, it doesn’t cover everything that could lead to an approval of disability benefits.

Not all health conditions that exist are included. Social Security leaves off conditions if it isn’t as obvious how they could stop you from working.

The bottom line is how you function every day, regardless of exactly what medical problem you have.

For this, Social Security—with help from your doctors—takes a measure of your abilities called your, “residual functional capacity.” Also known as your RFC.

Your RFC considers your capabilities in areas such as these:

  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Reaching
  • Lifting
  • Carrying objects
  • Handling objects
  • Crouching, stooping
  • Sitting for long periods
  • Understanding information
  • Following instructions
  • Responding to bosses and co-workers
  • Handling pressure at work

Your disability advocate can work with your doctor to get the right information for your RFC report.

And your advocate can combine that information with the details of your symptoms, your medical records, your work history, and more, to make a successful disability benefits claim.

By working with a Social Security Disability advocate, you can make the process easier for you. And you pay no fee for a disability advocate unless you win benefits.

Social Security Disability can make a major difference in your life, easing your financial stress so you can feel better.

No matter what ailments are undercutting your livelihood, Hanley Disability wants to see you getting the help you deserve.

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