To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you will have to prove that you are unable to work for 12 months or longer. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will closely review your medical information in order to determine whether you qualify for benefits.
Some Disorders Are Hard to Prove
You may suffer from certain physical disorders that are very painful and interfere with or restrict your ability to work, causing you financial instability and hardship. If you apply for SSDI, you may find that your disorder isn't listed in the SSA Blue Book of Impairments or is hard to prove as a medically determinable impairment (MDI). However, an experienced disability attorney can help you document your condition and present your claim effectively. Cuddigan Law has helped many people with the following difficult medical conditions get disability benefits:
- Lupus: Lupus can cause fatigue, making it very difficult for a person to work a full day.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis can cause swelling in the joints and is very painful. This pain can make it especially difficult for people to perform their duties at work. Pain and swelling in the hands may make it impossible to do any work.
- Seizures: Both grand mal and petit mal seizures can present major hardships. Medication to control seizures can make a person extremely tired or sluggish.
- Primary headache disorder: Severe migraine headaches, also known as primary headache disorder, can make it impossible for a person to function, perform daily tasks, or work. Symptoms often require a migraine sufferer to lie in a quiet, dark room.
How an Attorney Can Help
When we represent someone with a physical condition that is difficult to prove, we will help them develop complete medical records with the necessary evidence for the SSA. We will write to their doctor and ask for the report. We will encourage the person to document their own condition to help their doctors. For instance, if the person suffers from seizures or migraines, we may ask them to keep a journal to document how long they last, how they feel after, and what they do when the seizure or migraine occurs. These documents can help their doctor give a complete diagnosis. We will then present this information to the SSA. If necessary, we can appeal their claim to an administrative law judge (ALJ) and even federal court. We have helped thousands of people throughout eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, and we welcome the opportunity to discuss your condition with you.
Cuddigan Law for Hard-to-Prove Disorders
If you suffer from a disorder that is difficult to prove, including primary headache disorder, we can help you provide necessary evidence to the SSA to show how the disorder interferes with your life and ability to work. If your claim for primary headache disorder or any other disorder is denied, you may still qualify for disability benefits, and our Omaha disability benefits lawyers can help you file an appeal. Learn how we can assist you in our booklet, Why You Should Hire an Attorney to Handle Your Social Security Disability Claim. Contact Cuddigan Law to speak with an intake specialist for free today.
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