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What Conditions are Considered Disabilities in Alpharetta?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” The SSA publishes and regularly updates a comprehensive list of impairments for each major body system that may meet their criteria for a disability and entitle you to receive social security benefits.

Before applying for social security benefits, it is important to understand what conditions are considered disabilities in Alpharetta, and the information you may need to provide to support your claim. If you have questions related to qualifying conditions or are considering applying for Social Security benefits, consider contacting an experienced SSDI attorney who is familiar with the rigorous application process and could help you apply for and effectively pursue the benefits you deserve.

The Conditions Considered as Disabilities

To qualify for SSD benefits, a condition must significantly impact a person’s ability to engage in one or more major life activities, such as seeing, hearing, walking, standing, and/or sitting.  Furthermore, this condition must be present for at least twelve months.

The SSA provides a comprehensive list of impairments which are considered severe enough to qualify an individual for SSD benefits. A majority of these conditions are permanent conditions such as blindness or deafness or are conditions that can result in death such as heart failure or leukemia. Several other notable and common conditions include:

  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Liver disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Thyroid disorders

For all these conditions, an applicant must prove their condition is expected to last for a continuous period of at least twelve months. The SSA publishes a full list of qualifying conditions on their website.

What if a Condition is Not on the List?

If a condition is not included on the SSA’s list of medical conditions, someone suffering from that condition may still be entitled to SSD benefits. However, the SSA would have to decide if the condition is as severe as a condition listed. If the SSA does find a disease or condition is as severe as a listed condition, the affected individual can receive SSD benefits.

Compassionate Allowances and Quick Disability Determinations

Some people may apply for SSD benefits as soon as they receive a diagnosis. Examples of conditions that qualify for the SSA’s compassionate allowance exception include:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
  • Pancreatic cancer

A Quick Disability Determination (QDD) is another fast-track process which allows a person to receive SSD benefits if their condition is serious enough to meet disability standards. The QDD uses a computer program to screen initial applicants and identify whether an individual has a high probability of qualifying for disability benefits.

Determining What Conditions Are Considered Disabilities With an Alpharetta Attorney’s Help

Applying for social security benefits can be incredibly confusing and frustrating, particularly when you are struggling physically and financially. On top of that, it is not always a simple matter to determine exactly what conditions are considered disabilities in Alpharetta. However, a seasoned Social Security lawyer could be prepared and qualified to guide you through the process.

If retained, an attorney from our team could determine if you have a qualifying condition or are entitled to an alternative approval process for Social Security disability benefits. Call today to discuss your case, explore your options, and receive professional assistance through all stages of the Social Security application process.

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There are many Social Security disability law firms throughout Georgia. What sets The Khaki Law Firm apart from the rest? Why should you choose us? We are honored to represent those who have worked hard most of their lives, but due to a mental or physical impairment are no longer able to maintain employment and earn an income.

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With offices in Alpharetta, Atlanta and Marietta, we provide legal assistance to people throughout Georgia and the Southeast in all matters of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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