What Qualifies as a Disability for SSDI or SSI?

Social Security will pay you “disability” benefits if you cannot work due to a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Therefore, if your disability is only a partial or short-term disability lasting less than 1 year, you won’t qualify for Social Security disability benefits. At Jorgensen Law, it doesn’t matter where you live in southern California, we will help you with your application, appeal, and attend your hearing with you, so you will never be alone.

After your application for disability is submitted to the Social Security Administration, the application is sent to a state agency called Disability Determination Services (DDS). A DDS examiner will be assigned to your claim, and he/she will request your medical records and then, after reviewing your medical records, will decide if your disability qualifies you for Social Security disability benefits. To help aid the examiner in making this decision, the Social Security Administration has published a Listing of Impairments (often called the “Blue Book”).

The Listing of Impairments is the first place of reference for the DDS examiner when deciding if your disability qualifies you for benefits. If your disability is found in the Listing of Impairments and your symptoms match, then you will probably be approved for benefits. The Listing of Impairments describes, for each major body system, impairments considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity (working). Most of the disabilities found in the Listing of Impairments are expected to be permanent or result in death. If your disability is not in the Listing of Impairments, you can still get disability benefits with a Medical Vocational Allowance.

A Medical Vocational Allowance is a term used by Disability Determination Services when approving a disability claim that does not match a disability in the official Listing of Impairments. The DDS examiner might decide that even though your disability does not meet the requirements of a disability listed in the Listing of Impairments, you still have a severe disability that will prevent you from working and engaging in Substantial Gainful Activity. If this is the case, then the DDS examiner can give you a “Medical Vocational Allowance” and approve your claim.

If the DDS examiner denies your claim for disability, please don’t give up! According to Social Security numbers, you have a 30% chance of having your Social Security disability application approved. The good news is that I can help you. My law firm, Jorgensen Law, can increase your chance of being approved to approximately 90% through hard work and tireless preparation.

If you need help receiving your Social Security Disability benefits, please give me a call so we can discuss what is the best strategy to help you win your benefits. If you are scared of saying the “wrong” things on your application or appeals, let me help you do it “right”. If you are thinking, “I can’t afford the help of an attorney”, it’s just not true. I will counsel you, help you with your application, do your appeals for you, communicate with your doctors to get the necessary medical evidence supporting your claim and argue your case before a judge without you owing me a dime. Here’s how I get paid; once you win your case, Social Security will pay me directly 25% of the back-pay you are owed. In other words, I only get paid if you receive your benefits. This is perfect for you because we both have to work together to make sure you win. If you are like most people, you desperately need monthly income and medical benefits.

If you’d like to set up a time where we can talk about your Social Security Disability and how I can help you, please call me anytime at 1-888-855-2948 or you can contact me at contact Jorgensen Law.

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