If you have an adrenal gland disorder and cannot work for at least a year, or your symptoms will likely continue for a year, you may qualify for disability benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The disability lawyers from Berger and Green know how to help Pittsburgh residents try to get Social Security Disability for adrenal gland disorders. We will review your disability claim to ensure it is complete before you apply. If the Social Security Administration denied your claim, we can appeal your denial and try to help you get the benefits you need through a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation.
Qualifying for Disability With an Adrenal Gland Disorder
In most cases, hormone replacement medications can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of adrenal gland disorders. If your medication manages your condition, you might not qualify for disability benefits unless you suffer from a different qualifying impairment.
If medication does not stop your symptoms or you developed complications related to your adrenal gland disorder, you may get disability based on one of the SSA’s Blue Book listings. The entry is under Section 9.00 – Endocrine Disorders. Under this impairment listing, you can find the criteria you must meet to qualify.
In addition, depending on your complications, you could qualify based on:
- Bone and calcium issues in Section 1.00; or
- Hypertension, heart failure, or recurrent arrhythmias in Section 4.00; or
- Weight loss in Section 5.00; or
- Mental health and mood disorders in Section 12.00.
We recommend you get treatment from your doctor before you apply for disability. Your medical records will serve as evidence of your condition, and many of the impairment listings require specific clinical tests, laboratory findings, or imaging. Your doctor can ensure these items are in your file and provide any other support necessary during the disability determination process.
Getting Disability for an Adrenal Gland Disorder When You Do Not Meet an Impairment Listing
If you do not meet a Blue Book listing, you might qualify based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). To determine your RFC, the SSA will evaluate your impairments and abilities. The goal is to determine:
- The type of work you can do;
- How often you can work; and
- How long you can work.
If you cannot work at your most recent job, or any other job you might qualify to get, you might receive approval for benefits.
Your RFC evaluation will occur in one of three ways:
- An SSA doctor will look at your claim and evaluate your abilities; or
- The SSA will ask your doctor to complete a form evaluating your abilities; or
- The SSA will ask you to see a third-party doctor for an exam.
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Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Disability Benefits
When you submit your application for benefits, it goes to the local Social Security field office first. There, claims examiners will review it to ensure you meet the program’s technical qualifications before they forward it to the next step in the application process.
If you do not meet the technical criteria, you will receive a technical denial.
SSDI is only available to you if you have an adequate work history and you have earned enough work credits based on your age. Some of this work will need to be in the years just preceding your impairment.
SSI does not have any work requirements, but it has a strict income limit, and you must hold a limited amount of assets. Your car, home, and work tools are exempt from this limit.
Our attorneys can check to see if you meet the technical criteria for SSDI or SSI benefits before you apply.
Filing an Appeal After a Disability Denial
It is important not to delay your appeal. If the SSA denies your claim, you have 60 days to take action. When you receive your denial notice, give us a call and let us help you try to get the benefits you deserve.
We can help you file an appeal, and ask an Administrative Law Judge to overturn the decision so you can recover the monthly benefits and back pay you need. We can also help by:
- Offering a free consultation to help you understand the appeals process;
- Requesting an appeals hearing date;
- Investigating the reason the SSA denied your claim;
- Building a case for getting the benefits you deserve;
- Representing you before the Administrative Law Judge; and
- Fighting for SSDI or SSI benefits for you.
In many cases, we can get the Administrative Law Judge to overturn your denial. When this happens, you begin receiving disability benefits within a few weeks. You may also receive a sizeable deposit to cover your back pay.
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A Lawyer Can Help You Fight for Disability Benefits for Your Adrenal Gland Disorder
If your adrenal gland disorder prevents you from paying your bills and making ends meet, the disability lawyers at Berger and Green may be able to help you apply for and receive disability benefits. We understand how much disability benefits could help you and your family. Let us review your application, look into your denial, or file your appeal for you.
If you developed an adrenal gland disorder after an accident, our personal injury attorneys might be able to recover compensation on your behalf.
Call our office today at 412-661-1400 for your free case evaluation.