Some medical conditions may allow you to automatically qualify for Social Security disability benefits if you meet certain criteria, which makes them seem as though they are pre-approved for benefits. However, you must still be able to provide medical proof and fulfill the financial requirements to be eligible for benefits.
An experienced Phoenix Social Security Disability lawyer from our firm is prepared to walk you through the application process or help file an appeal if your claim has already been denied.
Medical Proof for Social Security Disability
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that you have medical proof of a diagnosis before you are eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For some conditions, you may only be required to provide proof of the diagnosis, while for other conditions, you will need to submit medical records to show you meet the criteria for your listing.
Medical records that may provide the necessary medical proof you need include:
- Biopsy and surgery results
- Clinical and laboratory testing
- Medical imaging
- Medical notes and findings
- Information on treatment, doctor's recommendations and response to treatment
When you complete an application for disability benefits, you will need to provide information about your medical providers, as well as hospitals and clinics where you have received treatment. A disability lawyer could help you collect this information and identify the most relevant to assist with your claim.
A compassionate allowance is a condition that the SSA recognizes as clearly disabling so it provides an expedited approval process for your claim. These conditions include serious and life-threatening conditions. For some conditions, you can receive approval for disability benefits in as little as 10 days.
Some conditions that are considered compassionate allowances, include:
- Gallbladder cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Small cell lung cancer
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
- Inflammatory breast cancer
- Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma
- Acute leukemia
- Lou Gehrig's disease
- Early onset Alzheimer's disease
It is important to understand that even if you have one of these conditions, your application is not automatically approved. The SSA will still apply the same level as scrutiny as applications based on less serious medical conditions. You must still submit the necessary medical evidence as well as fulfill the non-medical requirements. This could include meeting the required number of years worked for SSDI or having a low enough income and assets for SSI.
Listing of Impairments
The SSA maintains a Blue Book that lists severely disabling impairments. If your medical condition meets or equals one of the conditions detailed in this book and can provide medical documentation to this effect, your claim may be approved more quickly and you will not have to undergo a medical vocational assessment.
Medical Vocational Allowances
If you have a severe disabling condition that is not included in the Blue Book, you may still be eligible for benefits if your condition is disabling enough that it prevents you from earning sufficient wages. Under a medical vocational allowance, you must provide proof of your disability and how it prevents you from working and completing other routine life activities.
You should gather information to support your claim, including:
- Doctor's notes
- Evaluation notes
- Other medical records
- Work history
- Records of absenteeism related to your condition
You can also have people testify about the effect of your condition on your daily life.
See If You Qualify for Disability Benefits
Even if you have a pre-approved condition, the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits is still a complicated one. The best course of action in these situations is to contact a qualified lawyer.
Our disability lawyers at Dayes Law Firm are prepared to review your condition and determine if you may be eligible for disability benefits in a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
We charge no upfront fees and are only paid if you recover compensation, so there is no risk in reaching out to learn more about your legal options.
Call us anytime, night or day, at 1-800-503-2000.