Whether you suffer from a physical or mental impairment, you must have a formal diagnosis from a licensed physician or other medical practitioner in order to be granted Social Security disability benefits. Though access to quality medical care can sometimes be difficult to obtain, it is very important for your disability case that you receive consistent medical treatment for your impairments for a host of reasons. Primarily, though, in order to award you benefits, the SSA needs medical evidence that proves you actually have the impairments that you claim to have, and, without medical treatment, medical evidence can be difficult to obtain.
There is a wide range of conditions that can prevent individuals from working, allowing them to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The SSA maintains a Listing of Impairments, which outlines the types of impairments (and levels of severity) that can keep an individual from working. If you meet one of these listings, you are disabled regardless of your age, past work, education, and whether or not you can actually work.
The below list contains some of the most common impairments that prevent Social Security disability claimants from performing full-time work:
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
If you suffer from any of the above impairments or any other medical condition that prevents you from working, please do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation about your claim for Social Security disability benefits.