Many people leave Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln with a hormone diagnosis, but without any idea how they are going to afford their medical bills and treat their condition if they cannot continue working. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability payments for patients who suffer from hormonal, glandular, or endocrine disorders.
How the SSA Determines Who Is Eligible for Benefits for a Hormonal Disorder
First, the SSA must evaluate if you are suffering from a disability caused by an endocrine disorder. These medical conditions often cause one of more glands to produce too much (or too little) of a necessary hormone. This imbalance can cause symptoms and complications throughout the body.
The SSA will use these three criteria to determine if you can get disability benefits:
- Identifying which hormonal imbalance you have. There are five major glands in the endocrine system: the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas. Each will have its own listing of disabling symptoms.
- Determining disability under another bodily system listing. The SSA will evaluate the effects of endocrine disorders as well as the condition itself to gauge your level of impairment. For instance, if your pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin, you may meet the disability criteria for diabetes.
- Residual functional capacity. If your condition does not qualify for payments based on effects or a listing in another bodily system, you may get benefits based on your residual functional capacity (RFC). This is a measurement of how much work you are able to do and if it is enough to allow you to obtain substantial, gainful employment.
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