Dysautonomia can make it difficult or impossible to continue working and earning a living. The team from Berger and Green may be able to help you get Social Security disability benefits for dysautonomia in Pittsburgh, PA if you cannot work. This could include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Our disability team can help you prepare your application materials and file your claim or fight to overturn a denial if the Social Security Administration did not approve your initial application. We offer free case reviews. Call us today at (888)-392-8307 to get started.
Getting Disability Approval for Dysautonomia Based on an Impairment Listing
While the Social Security Administration publishes a book of impairment listings—the Blue Book—that acts as a guide for what it takes to get benefits based on your diagnosis, there is not an entry for dysautonomia.
Dysautonomia is not a single medical condition, but a group of disorders that affect various actions of the autonomic nervous system. When your autonomic nervous system does not work properly, it can cause problems with many important bodily functions, including:
- Temperature regulation
- Heart rate
- Blood pressure
Since so many medical concerns can point back to dysautonomia, the Social Security Administration chooses to evaluate claims based on the effect on the body. For example, if your condition affects your:
- Heart rate, look at Section 4.00 – Cardiovascular System
- Digestion, look at Section 5.00 – Digestive System
- Ability to regulate body temperature or other systemic functions, look at Section 11.00 – Neurological Disorders
To receive the social security disability benefits for dysautonomia in Pittsburgh, PA that you deserve based on any of these impairment listings, your medical records need to include proof of your impairment and how it prevents you from getting, working, and keeping a job. This may include medical imaging, laboratory tests, notes about your treatment and the outcome, and other evidence.
The Office of Disability Determination Services will gain access to these records by contacting the care providers you list on your claim, so it is paramount this information is correct. We help complete this section (and double-check it) before we help you file your claim. Call us today at (888)-392-8307 to get started.
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You Can Get Disability for Dysautonomia Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
If you do not meet the criteria outlined in an impairment listing, you can still qualify for disability if your condition prevents you from working. This is possible through a residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment. An RFC assessment considers:
- Your experience, work history, and education
- Your abilities despite your impairments
- How often you can work
- How long you can work
If they find you cannot work your previous jobs or other jobs you might qualify for, you will likely get approved for benefits. If you can work but require accommodations, you could get approved as well.
There are three ways the Office of Disability Determination Services can assess your RFC:
- A doctor from the agency determines your RFC based on your application materials and medical records
- Your doctor assesses your ability based on her knowledge of your case
- You go to a consultative examination paid for and scheduled by the Social Security Administration
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You Need to Meet Technical Qualifications to Get Approved for Disability
Proving you suffer from a qualifying impairment and cannot work is not enough to get disability benefits. Before your application gets to the Office of Disability Determination Services, the staff from the local field office ensures you meet all the technical qualifications for the program.
We review your case and help you understand your qualifications. If you do not meet all technical criteria, the Social Security Administration field office will issue a technical denial. You need to file an appeal to overturn this denial, prove you meet the qualifications, and get approved for benefits.
Social Security Disability Insurance
To get SSDI, you need to:
- Have an earned income below the current substantial gainful activity limit
- Have enough and recent enough work credits
- Be a citizen or an eligible immigrant
Supplemental Security Income
To get SSI, you must:
- Meet strict individual or household income maximums
- Meet strict asset limits
- Be a citizen or eligible immigrant
We Can Help You Fight a Denial of Disability for Your Dysautonomia
The Social Security Administration denies most of the initial claims they receive. If this happens to you, you can appeal the decision if you act quickly. We can request an appeal hearing for you if there is sufficient time to do so.
It may take a year or more before the date of your hearing arrives. During this time, we work on building a solid case to fight for the disability you need. This includes:
- Answering your questions about your case or the appeals process
- Researching why you did not receive approval
- Collecting evidence to prove you meet qualifications
- Building a strong case to show you deserve disability
Once the date of your hearing arrives, we represent you to the Administrative Law Judge. We present the case we built and argue for disability payments as well as full back pay.
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Getting Social Security Disability for Dysautonomia in Pittsburgh, PA
If you cannot work because of your dysautonomia, the disability lawyers from Berger and Green can help. Let us review your case and help pursue the social security disability benefits for dysautonomia in Pittsburgh, PA that you deserve. We can help you file a claim for SSI or SSDI or appeal a denial of your initial claim.
Call us today at (888)-392-8307 to discuss your claim with a member of our team.