Sunday, December 20, 2009

What Are Disabling Conditions?

The listing of impairments (also found on the SSA website) describes impairments that are considered severe enough to prevent someone from engaging in gainful employment. This listing is broken down into major body systems and are as follows:

1. Musculoskeletal System
2. Special Sense and Speech
3. Respiratory System
4. Cardiovascular System
5. Digestive System
6. Genitourinary Disorders
7. Hematological Disorders
8. Skin Disorders
9. Endocrine System
10. Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
11. Neurological
12. Mental Disorders
13. Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
14. Immune System

As previously discussed, you can find these at the Social Security website or you can order their free publication by calling 1-800-772-1213.

A favorable decision would require your medical condition meet one or more of these disabling conditions. This medical condition should be documented in your medical records with the diagnostic tests to prove this condition exists.

Once you have turned in your application for benefits, it can take approximately four to six months for your initial Social Security Disability Application to be processed. Some of that delay is due to the amount of time it takes to receive your medical records from the various providers.

During this application period, it is important that you keep the Social Security Administration informed of any changes in your address or phone number. If you move you should always make sure they know of your new address. Likewise, if your phone number changes, you should make sure they know of your new phone number as well.

Lisa Douglas, RN/Attorney at Law. Lisa Douglas has been licensed as a Registered Nurse since 1986. She has practiced law since 2004. Focus of her law practice is personal injury, social security disability, medical malpractice, products liability, injury and accident claims.
Law Offices of Lisa Douglas
2300 Main St
N Little Rock, Arkansas 72114
(501) 798-0004
Fax: (501) 798-0010

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