The official website of the Social Security Administration provides all the information you need to file for disability benefits, survivor’s benefits and Social Security benefits if you are at least 61 and nine months old. Online applications for disability benefits are also accepted if you are over 18 years old, not a current recipient of SSA benefits and have been diagnosed with a medical condition expected to continue for at least one year. After submitting your application, an SSA representative will phone or send mail to your designated address if additional Social Security info is needed to process your application.
What is the Blue Book of Medical Conditions?
One of the most important pieces of information found on the SSA website is the Blue Book, which describes all medical conditions considered by the SSA to be potentially eligible for disability benefits. Diseases and disorders are grouped under the physiological system they affect. For example, Respiratory Disorders 3.00 lists the following medical conditions as disabling if certain criteria are met:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Lung cancer
- Chronic pulmonary hypertension
When filing an application for disability benefits, you must submit all nonmedical and medical sources contributing to the clinical diagnosis of your medical condition. Medical sources include diagnostic imaging scans, laboratory test results, prognosis reports and details regarding treatment response. Nonmedical sources include letters from employers, caregivers, friends or clergy documenting how your medical condition has severely impacted your quality of life and ability to perform routine daily tasks.
What is a Social Security Brief?
Applying for disability is complicated and time-consuming, even with all the Social Security info provided on the SSA website. Most people hire a disability attorney to avoid denials and lengthy appeals. An SSD brief for attorney processes can expedite approval for a disability claim is essential to winning your claim.
A Social Security brief can only be complied by professionals who know exactly what the SSA wants to see in a disability claim. Briefs offer a cleanly written, concise summary of the applicant’s diagnosis and medical diagnosis supported by a clinically accurate argument regarding evidence of the disability.
Contact us today to learn how you can have an SSD brief for attorney purposes developed to bolster your disability case.