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Meeting Binghamton’s Social Security Disability Requirements

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Isn’t Easy

If you can’t work, that alone doesn’t guarantee you Social Security Disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a big government agency that uses a complex system to determine whether or not you deserve benefits. You can only win disability benefits if you meet the SSA’s strict definition of “disabled.”

The system can be baffling to outsiders, filled with rules and regulations that leave you feeling lost and disheartened.

Let the experienced Social Security Disability attorneys at Lachman & Gorton help you determine if you do qualify for disability benefits. Contact our office to discuss your disability case.

Are You Eligible for Social Security?

The main type of Social Security benefits is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Social Security awards SSDI benefits to you if you meet two criteria:

  • You have a disability severe enough to entitle you to benefits. It’s not always enough to prove that you can’t work; it’s a matter of proving that your case in all aspects—medical, vocational and education—meets the law as it’s written by Social Security and interpreted by the courts.
  • You have earned enough work credits by paying Social Security taxes.

Still have questions? Contact us now for more.

What Does “Disabled” Mean?

Under the Social Security Administration’s rules, you’re considered disabled if a physical or mental condition is expected to keep you from work for one full year (or result in death). Your disability can be physical, mental, or a combination of conditions.

If you can’t work because of your health, it’s important that you keep regular medical appointments. Proper medical documentation is critical to prove your case to Social Security.

For the most part, Social Security considers you disabled if:

  • You can’t do work you’ve done before;
  • You can’t adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • The severity of your disability has lasted or is expected to last for 12 months (or result in death).

Contact the experienced disability attorneys at Lachman & Gorton for help with your Social Security Disability case.

Qualifying Impairments

Social Security doesn’t have a set list of impairments that qualify for benefits. If you fit the definition of disabled, you should be eligible.

Here are some conditions we often see qualify:

  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart attack & stroke
  • Hepatitis C & liver disease
  • Lung impairments
  • Mental illness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures

Even if your ailment isn’t on that list, you can still qualify.

Get in touch with us today. We can answer any questions you have, and even give you a free evaluation.

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