There are different ways that a disabling medical condition may be established to satisfy the Social Security disability (SSD) requirements to qualify for SSD benefits. Because disabled applicants can sometimes face challenges associated with the application process for Social Security disability benefits, it is helpful to be familiar with the options available.
The Social Security Administration maintains a list of impairments that can qualify for SSD benefits, however, just because the disabled applicant’s medical condition is not on the list does not mean that they may not be able to obtain benefits. They may also be able to establish the disabling medical condition they suffer from, which prevents them from working, through their medical records which is why it is important to understand the application process and that the medical condition is carefully documented.
In addition, the Social Security Administration also maintains a list of disabling medical conditions that are considered so severe that they qualify for expedited processing and, by definition, meet the SSA’s requirements for disability. Medical conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list maintained by the Social Security Administration are considered severe enough that benefits should not be delayed. It is important to keep in mind that SSD benefits also require a work history requirement to qualify but other options may be available to those who do not have the necessary work history.
Social Security disability benefits are important for many disabled individuals and their families who are suffering with the realities of their disability in their daily lives. Because of this, it is helpful for disabled individuals to understand how the application process for benefits works and to understand the different options available to them to establish their medical condition.