Social Security Disability Attorney in North Carolina and South Carolina
If you have a disability that prevents you from earning an income, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Applying for disability benefits can be a long process, but if you are eligible, these benefits can help sustain you and your family while you are unable to work due to a severe medical condition. Attorney Brian Steed Tatum is very familiar with the Social Security disability application process and understands the eligibility requirements that must be met in order to receive the benefits. He can provide guidance and help you submit your disability claim so that you can receive the benefits for which you are eligible. Medical Conditions: List of Impairments
The Social Security Administration must parse through every applicant’s medical evidence to determine whether the claimant is medically disabled and unable to work due to his or her condition. One step in determining whether a claimant’s medical condition meets the criteria for a disability that qualifies for benefits is to check the Medical Conditions List. This listing of impairments describes the conditions for each major body system that is considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing a gainful activity. For children under 18 applying for supplemental security income (SSI), the list describes conditions that are severe enough to cause functional limitations. The list includes the following conditions:
- Musculoskeletal System
- Special Senses and Speech (Loss of Vision, Hearing, or Speech)
- Respiratory System
- Digestive System
- Genitourinary Disorders
- Hematological Disorders
- Skin Disorders
- Endocrine Disorders
- Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems
- Neurological Disorders
- Mental Disorders
- Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
- Immune System Disorders
- Growth Impairments (Childhood Listing Only)
Many of these conditions meet the medical requirements prescribed by the Social Security Administration in order to receive disability benefits, provided that the condition is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.
If a claimant has a medical condition described in the list of impairments, then the medical condition is usually enough to establish that the person with that medical condition, who is not working, is disabled and eligible to receive benefits. However, the absence of one of these listing-level impairments does not mean that a claimant is not disabled. Instead, the claimant must provide additional medical evidence to show that the medical condition is so severe that it prevents the claimant from doing the work he or she did before and that this medical condition prevents the claimant from adjusting to different work.
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While many people are medically disabled, few of these disabled men and women are in the medical listing of impairments that almost automatically allow a claimant to receive benefits through Social Security. Instead, most people must go through the appeals process and show that their condition is severe enough to be approved for benefits.
At the Tatum Law Firm, we know that this process can be an emotionally and physically trying time for you and your family and that’s why we are here to help. We have years of experience in helping disabled individuals and their families through the application and appeals process to get their Social Security Disability benefits.
Our experienced Social Security Disability attorney, Brian Steed Tatum, will review your claim and provide guidance about the process of obtaining your disability benefits.
For a free case evaluation, please contact our office at (704) 307-4350, or reach out to us online.