According to requirements listed in the social security handbook, a disability is defined as a medical condition which prevents or makes it very difficult to maintain a living wage. The social security administration refers to the level of activity necessary to maintain a living wage as substantial gainful activity. The level of income that an individual makes per month to reach substantial gainful activity is 1,010 for non-blind individuals and 1,690 for visually impaired individuals, according to the social security administration. For those who are unable to earn this level of income per month due to health problems, there are a number of different disabilities which are listed in the social security administration blue book of disabilities. The fourteen categories of disabilities include:
Sense and speech disabilities
Genitourinary system disorders
Endocrine system disabilities
Multiple body systems disorders
Immune System disorders
Malignant neoplastic diseases
If you or a loved one are dealing with a disorder or disease in one of these areas, you may be able to receive federal financial assistance from the social security disability program. To qualify, you will need to produce documentation of medical diagnoses and treatments provided by your physician and any specialists. The social security office will review your application and medical evidence and make a decision about whether you qualify and, if you do, how much assistance you will be provided with. If your condition is not listed in the social security blue book, you can still qualify if your symptoms are similar to a listed condition and it prevents you from working.
The process of obtaining social security disability benefits can be difficult, and many people who are in need are denied in their first try. If you are preparing to apply for benefits, a qualified Indianopolis Social Security disability lawyer can help you put together an application and help you avoid common mistakes.