Disabling Conditions Under SSDI

Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal program that provides financial assistance to people with disabilities. The program is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and there are eligibility requirements to qualify for benefits. When an individual applies for SSDI benefits, the SSA collects medical and other information to determine whether the individual meets the SSA’s definition of “disability.”

Disability and Disabling Conditions

Under Social Security law, a disability is defined as the inability to engage in any “substantial gainful activity” (SGA) because of a physical or mental impairment (or impairments) that a) can be expected to result in death, b) can be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months, or c) has already lasted for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

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Social Security requires that an individual’s physical or mental impairment (or impairments) result from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities that can be shown by medically accepted clinical and laboratory techniques. This means that there must be medical evidence that supports the individual’s statements about the disabling condition. The medical evidence can include documentation of the individual’s symptoms, medical signs, and laboratory findings.

List of Impairments

Social Security has created a Listing of Impairments (also called The Blue Book), which describes, for each major system of the body, the impairments that may be considered severe enough to prevent an individual from performing any gainful employment. An individual may suffer from more than one impairment, and the total effect of the impairments may result in a qualifying disability for SSD purposes.

Part A of the Listing of Impairments contains the medical standards that are used to evaluate impairments in adults who are age 18 and older.  They include:

Florida Legal Help Applying For or Appealing SSDI Benefit Decisions

Applying for SSD benefits is a multi-step process that can be extremely confusing and time consuming, especially if you are already overwhelmed with issues related to one or more disabling conditions that are affecting you or your loved ones. The law offices of Hoffman, Agnetti & Larin, P.A. have years of experience helping all types of clients seek SSD benefits. If you have questions about how you can get help filing for SSD benefits or appealing a denial of SSD benefits, please call our helpful Florida Social Security disability attorneys today at (305) 653-5555 or use our convenient online contact form to arrange for a free consultation.