February 10, 2010

What does the Social Security Administration (SSA) Mean by “A Combination of Impairments” When Deciding if I am Disabled?

It is important when trying to obtain your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to let the Social Security Administration (SSA) know all of your impairments or disabling conditions.

combination_lock.JPGIndianapolis lawyer Scott D. Lewis finds when interviewing his clients they often leave out some of their disabilities when attempting to receive Social Security disability benefits. You should not leave it up to the SSA to inquire what your disabling conditions might be. It may be beneficial to make a list of the severe and non-severe conditions that you experience. It is important to remember the Social Security Administration may also consider non-severe conditions in combination with severe conditions when deciding whether you will receive Social Security disability benefits.

Indiana claimants should always remember the question at hand is whether you can perform your past relevant job(s) or other jobs that exist in the national economy. So, while you may consider the fact you have asthma as a minor problem, it may keep you from performing jobs around dust or fumes. Another example could be an individual suffering from anxiety cannot perform jobs requiring the individual to interact with the general public. While you may consider your back impairment the primary reason you cannot work, it is important that you let your Social Security disability attorney know that you have other medical issues that have an effect on your activities of daily living and your ability to hold down a job.

Other conditions many individuals may not consider can include but are not limited to:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Depression
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetes
  • Hepatitis
  • Arthritis
  • Learning Disorders
  • Visual Impairments
  • Hearing Loss

Remember, just saying you have asthma is probably not enough. Seeing a medical professional on a regular basis and seeking treatment for your condition(s) may also be very important in obtaining Social Security disability benefits. There may come a time when a claimant will need to appeal their disability claim and need the advice of an experienced disability benefits attorney.  If you require the assistance of a Social Security disability lawyer, contact the law office of Scott D. Lewis for a free consultation at (317) 423-8888.

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