Many disabled people have no idea if they can qualify for SSI. The write-up discusses how the authority determines if a particular individual medically qualifies for disability benefits.

Have You Been Asked to Stop Working or Reduce Work Hours?

The Social Security Administration follows an objective system to scan the applications thoroughly in order to figure out who are eligible for the SSI benefits solely based on disability. The officers at the Social Security Administration cheek your application to ensure that you are financially weak and so can qualify for the SSI or SSDI benefits and currently, you are not doing any substantial volume of work. After that, they send your application to Disability Determination Services or DDS. It is a state agency that decides if your medical condition is serious enough for you to qualify for benefits.

What is the Working Procedure of Medical Disability Qualification?

DDS has a sequential scanning process in place to figure out if you medically qualify for benefits. They start with evaluating if your impairment is serious and if it matches a Social Security Disability “Listing” if you can do your past job, and if you are able to do any kind of job, given your age, education, skill, experience, and limitations.

Disability Listings

The DDS and SSA maintain a book, also called the “Blue Book”, containing a complete list of the approval criteria for particular requirements. The Blue Book lists approval qualifications or criteria for most severe medical impairments.

What about Medical Conditions That Find No Mention in the Blue Book?

The Blue Book does not contain all conditions. For example, Fibromyalgia is not listed in the Blue Book. Nor you will find any mention of carpal tunnel syndrome, adult diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and a variety of other medical conditions. However, that never means people suffering from any of these conditions will not qualify for benefits.

An imperative question, in this context, is how you will be eligible for Social Security Disability if your particular medical condition is not listed in the disability listings. Even if a child’s medical condition does not match the requirements of a particular medical listing, he or she will qualify for disability benefits if the child’s condition is regarded as functionally equivalent to the conditions mentioned in the listing.

If an adult’s condition does not match the requirements of the listing, he or she will be eligible for receiving a medical-vocational alliance. A med-voc allowance is what helps most people get approval for Social Security Disability.

Medical-Vocational Allowances

DDS scrutinizes the applicant’s medical records and prepares a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) assessment indicating your exertional limits that include how much you can lift, how long you can stand, if you can bend and stoop and many more. The assessment is done to figure out if you are able to do medium work, light work or only sedentary work.

Final Words

Many Rogers, AR social security disability attorneys assess their clients’ medical condition and decide if their clients qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. If you are in dilemma, talk to any of these lawyers to get a clear picture of whether you qualify for the benefits or not.