Many people who suffer from a chronic ailment believe their illness will not be covered under the disability program offered by Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA defines disability as:
“Inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death, or which has lasted or expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.”
The definition of disability by the SSA does not cover all forms of disability, including ones caused by chronic illness. The definition primarily focuses on static and unchanging disabling impairments. Static disabilities include mental retardation, learning disabilities, blindness, or any other disability that is permanent. You will need to undergo a disability evaluation to qualify for disability benefits.
The complexity of disability program for chronic illness patients arises from the fact their disability may not be static. An individual suffering from any form of chronic illness will feel healthy on some days, while on other days, the illness might take over an individual’s routine activities, which predominantly effects their performance on the job. There is no way to predict when a person will feel better, or when their condition will suddenly deteriorate.
You will need the services of an exemplary social security disability attorney to help you get your disability benefits if you suffer from chronic illness. To prove your chronic illness is rendering you disabled, you have to undergo tests, X-rays, and other extensive medical checkups to ensure your impairments are severe “medically determinable,” which means your chronic illness can be objectively assessed.
Merely letting the SSA know you have a chronic illness, which you believe leads to disability, won’t be of much assistance. What you need is to undergo all medical assessment required to prove your disability. When you use the services of a highly skilled social security disability attorney, the chances remain high you will be able to qualify for social security disability as the attorney and his staff will guide you through the process.
If you wish to seek further information about social security disability and how to qualify for the benefits, you should set up a confidential case evaluation with an experienced social security disability attorney.Contact the offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates, LTD at (800) 608-8881 and schedule a free consultation.