People with illnesses or injuries often suffer from multiple conditions which impact their health. In many cases, the impact of all of these conditions, in combination, prevents the individual from being able to function and sustain work.
When deciding a case for disability benefits, if an applicant has more than one medical condition, the Social Security Administration (SSA) regulations require it to consider the combined impact of all the individual’s impairments. It cannot just evaluate each medical condition separately. This applies to both physical and mental conditions, and even a combination of the two.
We advise our clients to include in their application for disability all impairments or medical conditions that might affect their ability to work, even those that may seem minor. People often do not understand which impairments are most important to their claim—and that in the eyes of the SSA not all impairments are created equal.