Common Cases for Social Security Disability Benefits

Spinal Injury

When you have a spinal injury, it can impact all aspects of your life, including your ability to stand, sit or move without pain. A spinal injury that does not respond to treatment or is severe may cause permanent impairment and leave you unable to work or also do everyday activities. Common cases of spinal disorders include fractured vertebra, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, arthritis in the spine, and also spinal arachnoiditis.

Many spinal injuries are the result of auto accidents, or work-related accidents. Others are hereditary, and often degenerative in nature (they get worse over time). Regardless of the cause, if you have a spinal injury causing disability, that is expected to last more than 12 months, you may be eligible for Social Security disability payments. The amount of these payments may  also be offset by a lump-sum insurance settlement (in the case of an accident), or by workers’ compensation payments.

If you have a question about your spinal injury and whether you may be eligible for Social Security disability, contact Charles Pitman Attorneys at Law today. The experienced disability attorneys at Charles Pitman Attorneys at Law can handle all common cases or unique circumstances.

Neurological Disorders

Neurological disorders encompass a wide range of impairments resulting from disease or injury. Some common disorders that may be considering disabling include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Epilepsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s disease

Traumatic brain injury is generally the result of an accident or fall, while most other disorders result from disease. Because the range of disability within the category of neurological disorders can vary so widely from patient to patient, it is difficult to say with any certainty if the SSA will determine your specific case to be sufficient to term you disabled. As with all SSD applications, the burden of proof is on the disabled. The more documentation you provide to the SSA, up to and including witnesses to testify to your condition, the more likely of an approved application.

If you have a neurological impairment causing disability that is expected to last more than 12 months you may be eligible for Social Security disability payments. Contact Charles Pitman Attorneys at Law today to discuss the specifics of your case. The experienced disability attorneys at Charles Pitman Attorneys at Law can also help you through the Social Security Disability application process, or handle an appeal if your initial claim is rejected. So, contact us today by calling us toll-free at 256-533-5000, or Submit a FREE online case review form.. We can also handle all common cases or unique circumstances

Mental Impairments

There are certain instances when the Social Security Administration considers mental impairments to be disabling conditions. As with the other conditions we have reviewed, the degree of impairment and expected time frame or length of the disability are key. The SSA has grouped mental impairments into nine categories:

  • Organic mental disorders (lab tests can identify a specific factor causing the brain abnormality)
  • Schizophrenia or psychotic disorders
  • Affective disorders (bipolar disorder)
  • Mental retardation
  • Anxiety-related disorders
  • Somatoform disorders (multiple physical symptoms without identifiable cause)
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance addiction disorders
  • Autism or developmental disorders

Mental impairments are frequently considered in conjunction with physical disorders to come to a determination as to disability status. Again, substantial proof is required and the impairment must be expected to last more than 12 months and impede the individual’s ability to work.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia sufferers have pain and tenderness affecting all parts of their bodies, from joints to muscles and soft tissue. There is no known cause and only limited treatments are currently available. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose, as it frequently appears alongside other disorders like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Hypothyroidism. Many symptoms are also common to other diseases, including fatigue, headaches and depression.

Those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia must deal not only with the pain of the disease but these related symptoms, which, when severe, can be disabling. The symptoms of this disease can vary from patient to patient. As with all SSD applications, the burden of proof is on the disabled. The more documentation you provide to the SSA the more likely of an approved application. If you suffer from Fibromyalgia and your doctor has indicated you may expect disability for more than 12 months, you may remain eligible for Social Security disability payments. Contact Charles Pitman Attorneys at Law today to discuss the specifics of your case. We can handle all common cases or also unique circumstances

Cancer / Neoplasia

The majority of cancers fall into the Social Security Administration‘s list of disabling conditions under the Malignant Neoplastic Diseases category. Neoplasia refers to an abnormal growth of cells. When these cells turn cancerous (malignant) they can result in a disabling condition. These diseases may include:

  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Soft tissues tumors of the neck and head
  • Cancers of the liver, stomach, esophagus, etc.
  • Breast or prostate cancer
  • Malignant melanoma

Each type of cancer has a wide range of behavior and each patient responds differently to the illness and treatment. If your doctor has determined that the specific circumstances of your illness will cause you to be disabled for at least 12 months, of if your cancer is considered terminal, you may be eligible for Social Security disability payments. As with all SSD applications, the burden of proof is on the disabled. So, the more documentation you provide to the SSA the more likely you will receive an approved application.

What Can an Attorney Do for You?

The experienced disability attorneys at Charles Pitman Attorneys at Law can help you through the Social Security Disability application process; or handle an appeal in the case of a rejection. Contact us today by calling us toll-free at 256-533-5000, or Submit a FREE online case review form. We can handle all common cases or unique circumstances. So, don’t wait! We look forward to hearing from you and also answering your questions.