Caudal regression syndrome can affect people in a wide variety of ways. This congenital birth defect can cause issues with the spine, legs, gastrointestinal tracts, and other areas of the lower body. If you are an adult who has not had disabling symptoms until later in life, or if your symptoms got progressively worse and now you cannot work, the team from Berger and Green may be able to help you get Social Security disability for caudal regression syndrome in Pittsburgh.
We can help you file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). For more than 35 years, Berger and Green has fought to help their clients get the compensation they need. Let us review your case and file your claim, or help you appeal a denial of your initial claim.
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Proving You Suffer From a Qualifying Impairment
The Social Security Administration publishes a list of qualifying impairments, known as the Blue Book. There is no specific entry for adults with caudal regression syndrome. However, Berger and Green may still be able to help you file a qualifying claim.
We do this by using an impairment listing that applies to the specific symptoms or complications that prevent you from working. For example, adults born with caudal regression syndrome often suffer progressive kidney damage and eventually lose much of their kidney function. In the Blue Book, Section 6.00 – Genitourinary Disorders outlines the qualifications they need to meet to get benefits.
Proving You Meet the Qualifications
When you file your claim for disability, you must include contact information for all your medical care providers. Providing accurate and complete information is key since the Office of Disability Determination Services will use this to request your medical records and collect and identify evidence to prove you suffer from a qualifying impairment.
If we help you file for disability, we can work with you to gather and double-check this essential information.
Getting Your Claim Evaluated Quickly
In some cases, those with caudal regression syndrome may qualify to have their paperwork put on the fast track through the compassionate allowances program. Only two types of caudal regression syndrome qualify for this program. If you can provide medical evidence showing you suffer from Type III or IV of the syndrome, the Social Security Administration will move your application to the top of the stack for evaluation.
Qualifying for Disability Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
Some adults with caudal regression syndrome will suffer symptoms severe enough to prevent them from working. But those symptoms do not meet any impairment listing in the Blue Book. When this occurs, they must rely on their residual functional capacity assessment to be approved for benefits. This assessment determines:
- The type of work they can do
- How often they can work
- How long they can work
If they cannot work any job they may qualify for, or if they rely on accommodations to be able to earn a living, they will likely get approved for disability benefits.
While the examiner from the Office of Disability Determination Services often performs this assessment based on your medical records, there are also other ways they can assess your abilities. This includes asking your doctor to perform the assessment based on their knowledge of your case or asking you to attend a consultative exam paid for by the Social Security Administration.
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Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Disability Benefits
In addition to proving you meet the medical qualifications for Social Security Disability, you will also need to meet the technical qualifications for the specific program. The local Social Security field office will check these qualifications before they forward your claim to the Office of Disability Determination Services. This means that you could get a technical denial before the SSA ever looks at your medical evidence.
Some common technical issues include:
- Earning more than the current substantial gainful activity limit for SSDI
- Not having enough work credits, or recent enough work credits, for SSDI
- Having an income or assets that exceed the limits for SSI
- Mistakes with paperwork, such as an incorrect Social Security Number or birthdate
When we help you file your disability claim, we will ensure you include all pertinent information and that everything is correct in your application paperwork. This will reduce your risk of a technical denial. Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your free case review.
Let Berger and Green Pursue the Disability Benefits You Deserve
At Berger and Green, our team has helped thousands of people file for Social Security disability and fight for the benefits they need and deserve. We know what it takes to get disability in Pittsburgh and can help you file your claim or appeal a denial. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
If the Social Security Administration already denied your initial application, reach out to us right away. We can request an appeals hearing for you, but only if there is sufficient time to do so. You only have 60 days to take action after receiving a denial notice.
Once we get to work on your case, we will:
- Investigate your denial and learn why they did not approve your claim.
- Collect evidence to prove you qualify for disability.
- Represent you to the Administrative Law Judge.
- Fight for your monthly benefits, retroactive pay, and back pay.
- Appear at your hearing to present the case we built and argue for your benefits.
In some cases, we may also be able to pursue additional compensation for some clients who suffer impairments related to a personal injury accident. We will pursue legal action against a negligent party when possible.
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Getting Social Security Disability for Caudal Regression Syndrome in Pittsburgh, PA
The Social Security disability attorneys from Berger and Green know how important getting Social Security Disability can be to you and your family. Our team will review your case, help you file your claim, and help you appeal a denial. We can help you at any stage in the process.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started with a free case evaluation.