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Qualifying Physical Disorders For Social Security Disability Benefits

The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman, LLC, represents people in the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area, eastern and south central Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey, Delaware and southwestern Florida who need SSDI benefits because they cannot work due to physical impairments, illnesses and injuries. As a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience handling SSDI and SSI claims, I know that many types of physical disabilities can qualify you for SSDI and SSI benefits. These include:

  • Back injuries and conditions (for example, arthritis, herniated disks, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy/sciatica, osteoporosis and compression fractures)
  • Hip, leg, knee, ankle and foot conditions and injuries (for example, arthritis, crush injuries, avascular necrosis, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and tendon, ligament and cartilage damage)
  • Shoulder conditions and injuries (for example, arthritis, labral tears, rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome and brachial plexopathy)
  • Arm, elbow, hand and wrist conditions and injuries (for example, arthritis, ulnar neuropathy, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ligament and tendon damage and crush injuries)
  • Circulatory, arterial and vascular disorders (which can cause edema, cellulitis, ulcerations and amputations)
  • Cardiological/heart conditions (for example, heart disease, including coronary artery disease, chest pain/angina, myocardial infarction (heart attack), congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation (A-fib) and aneurysms)
  • Neurological disorders (for example, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy/seizure disorders, strokes, Parkinson's disease, Tourette's syndrome, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and peripheral neuropathies)
  • Traumatic brain injury/closed head injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Headaches (for example, migraine, cluster and tension headaches)
  • Blood disorders (for example, Sickle Cell disease, Polycythemia Vera, Hemophilia and other clotting disorders)
  • Autoimmune diseases (for example, Lupus (SLE), Lyme disease, vasculitis, HIV/AIDS, Behcet's disease, Sjögren's Syndrome and scleroderma)
  • Inflammatory arthritis conditions (for example, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis)
  • Stomach, intestine and liver disorders (for example, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, including Crohn's disease, Colitis, Cirrhosis, Hepatitis C infection, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bleeding ulcers, severe GERD and esophagitis)
  • Pulmonary disorders/lung diseases (for example, asthma, emphysema/COPD, chronic bronchitis, sleep apnea and chronic pulmonary insufficiency)
  • Hearing loss
  • Ménière's disease/vertigo
  • Vision/eye impairments (for example, glaucoma, cataracts, retinopathy and vision loss/blindness)
  • Diabetes with complications affecting one's eyes, heart, vascular system, kidneys and/or causing neuropathy (typically pain and/or numbness in the feet and hands)
  • Kidney disease
  • Skin disorders (for example, psoriasis, dermatitis, cellulitis, burns, and chronic fungal and other infections)
  • Cancer

Physical Disorders And SSDI: Documentation Is Critical

In a Social Security Disability Insurance claim, having the right documentation can mean the difference between getting the benefits you need and getting denied. The Social Security Administration will closely review your medical records to determine just how severely your physical disorder affects your life and your ability to function.

The SSA looks at many different ways your condition impacts your ability to do work-related activities, including how much weight you can lift and carry, how long you can stand or sit, your ability to reach and your ability to use your hands and fingers. The length of time that you have struggled with an impairment, the way the impairment, illness or injury has been treated and the likelihood of medical improvement are also considered.

I always ask my clients to provide me with a list of the medications they take. I have been a lawyer for more than 20 years and have handled thousands of SSDI claims. I know, speak and work with doctors on a regular basis. By reviewing your medications and talking with you about your conditions and treatment, I frequently gain the information necessary to evaluate your disability claim and give you candid legal advice.

It is impossible to predict the future, but I can also give you my opinion regarding the likely outcome of your claim and what you can do to improve your chances of winning your disability case, possibly including making recommendations about your physical or mental health treatment.

Get The Treatment You Need

People without solid medical records find it difficult to get SSDI and SSI benefits. One of the best ways to increase your chances of getting SSDI and SSI benefits is to see your doctors regularly. Make sure to tell your doctors about how severe are your problems with pain, with your ability to move about and manipulate things and to maintain activities. Ideally, your doctor documents these issues in your chart. This not only helps you get the treatment you need to feel better, but helps create a record of your problems for use in your SSDI or SSI claim.

Contact The Firm For A Free Consultation

Whether you are making an initial application for benefits or your claim has been denied, I can assist you. You pay no fees unless my team secures or reinstates your SSDI or SSI benefits. Contact the firm today for a free consultation with an attorney.