Puget Sound Social Security disability lawyers, Douglas Drachler McKee & Gilbrough, LLP, explain the types of medical conditions that may give rise to an award of benefits

In our experience as Puget Sound Social Security disability lawyers, we have found that most people do not understand what it means to be “disabled,” for purposes of receiving disability benefits. In order to be awarded disability benefits, you must meet Social Security’s strict definition of “disabled.” Specifically, you must have a physical or mental impairment of such severity that you are unable to do your previous work and any other generally available work. Your impairment must have lasted for one year or be expected to last that long or to result in your death.

Any number of medical conditions may give rise to an award of disability benefits. For example, depending on the nature and severity of your condition, you may be found “disabled” if you have any of the following common impairments: anxiety, arthritis, asthma, bipolar disorder, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, emphysema, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, lupus, PTSD, and RSD.

The Social Security Administration has compiled a list of more than 100 impairments that it considers to be disabling as a matter of law (the Listing of Impairments).  If your condition “meets or medically equals” the criteria of a Listing impairment, then you are automatically entitled to an award of Social Security disability benefits. Generally speaking, only the most severe manifestations of a particular condition will qualify as a Listing impairment. For example, the Listing for diabetes mellitus requires (a) retinitis proliferans (a disease of the retina), with significant vision loss; or (b) frequent, recurring acidosis (a serious disturbance in blood chemistry usually requiring hospitalization); or (c) neuropathy (nerve damage) in two extremities, so severe that it impairs the claimant’s ability to stand, walk and move.

Contact Puget Sound Social Security disability attorneys, Douglas Drachler McKee & Gilbrough, LLP

If you have questions about whether your medical condition is severe enough to pursue a claim for Social Security disability benefits, and you would like to talk with a knowledgeable Puget Sound disability attorney, please use the Free Claim Evaluation form on this page to tells us about your situation, or call or email us directly. We have been handling Social Security disability claims for more than 30 years, and we are very familiar with a wide range of common and not-so-common physical and mental impairments.

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