Chronic Health Problems? Consider Social Security Disability Benefits

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Do you suffer from a chronic health problem that impedes your ability to work a regular full-time job? Is your chronic health problem causing you financial distress, leaving you unable to pay your bills? There is hope. Social security disability (SSDI) may be available to you. Your Johnson City social security disability attorney is here to help! If you believe you may be eligible for SSDI, seek a consultation with us at The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., as soon as possible to not delay your benefits.

Does my medical condition qualify for SSDI?

This is the most common question we get from people seeking SSDI payments. There is really no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. There are, however, requirements that you must meet in order to be considered eligible for SSDI. For instance, your medical condition must prevent you from working for at least one year or longer, or if it will result in death. Therefore, there are many different types of medical conditions that may cause you to be disabled and unable to work. Keep in mind that just because you do not have a visible disability, this does not mean that your specific medical condition does not qualify you for SSDI.

Here are common medical conditions that may qualify for SSDI:

  • Musculoskeletal problems – back conditions, dysfunctions of the joints or bones
  • Vision or hearing loss, speech issues
  • Respiratory illnesses – asthma or cystic fibrosis
  • Cardiovascular conditions such as chronic heart failure or coronary artery disease
  • Digestive tract problems (IBD)
  • Liver disease
  • Neurological disorders (MS, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy)
    Blood disorders – sickle cell or hemophilia
  • Mental disorders – depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, or intellectual disability
  • Immune system disorders – HIV/AIDS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease

These are common questions that are asked of you when the Social Security Administration is determining your eligibility for SSDI:

  • Are you working?
  • Is your condition “severe?”
  • Is your condition found in the list of eligible conditions?
  • Can you perform your work duties in the same manner as before?
  • Are you able to do any other type of work?

My injury at work left me disabled, am I eligible for SSDI?

In short, you may be eligible for SSDI. However, keep in mind that if you are receiving short-term disability or workers’ compensation from your employer, then your SSDI payments may be reduced. There is the chance that your SSDI payments may increase should you no longer receive any other type of compensation for your injury or chronic illness. An experienced social security attorney in Johnson City can help you determine your benefit amounts.

How SSDI may also help your family

If you suffer from a chronic condition that may result in death, getting SSDI benefits is crucial to your family, especially if you are married and have dependent children. What this means is that if you receive SSDI benefits, and you should pass away, your surviving family (i.e., spouse, children) could receive your benefits to help with living expenses and medical bills. This makes getting SSDI even more important! Don’t leave your family worrying about finances, when SSDI may be able to help after you pass away.

SSDI Attorney in the Tri-Cities

To learn more about SSDI or to see if you are eligible, or to file an appeal for a denial, contact the experienced team of attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., by calling (276) 451-2056. We serve clients in the areas of Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City, Tennessee, as well as Bristol, Virginia.