If you cannot work because of pain, difficulty concentrating, or other issues related to your Epstein-Barr virus diagnosis, you may qualify for benefits through Social Security disability (SSD). This could include either of the SSD programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Let Berger and Green help you apply for benefits or fight a denial. Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your free case review.
Qualifying for Disability Based on an Epstein-Barr Virus Diagnosis
Epstein-Barr virus is relatively common and does not normally cause long-term impairment. You could miss a month or more from work. However, Social Security disability requires you to be completely disabled for a year or more. Since most Epstein-Barr symptoms will not last this long, it does not have an entry in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book.
You can qualify based on the criteria under another impairment listing if you meet them. This could include:
To prove you meet their qualifications, the Social Security Administration may want to see your medical records and medical evidence such as blood test results, clinical testing, medical imaging, treatment notes, and other related data about your condition and treatment. We will review your application and ensure the disability examiner has all the contact information they need to get the necessary evidence to prove your condition.
Getting Benefits Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
It is possible to qualify for disability without meeting an impairment listing, but you will have to prove you cannot work due to your medical condition. This requires providing medical evidence, having your doctor fill out an evaluation form confirming your inability to work, or going to one or more consultative exams for evaluation paid for by the Social Security Administration.
This evaluation establishes your residual functional capacity (RFC). It determines:
- The type of work you can do
- How long you can work
- How often you can work
If the evaluation finds you can no longer perform the work required at your last job, any job you previously held, and any job you qualify for, you may get approved for disability.
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Do Not Overlook the Technical Qualifications for Disability
Most people who do not receive approval for benefits get a denial because the Office of Disability Determination Services cannot confirm they suffer from a qualifying impairment. However, others receive a technical denial.
A technical denial occurs when the claimant fails to meet one of the technical qualifications for the program they apply for. Some common reasons for a technical denial include:
- Blanks left on the application
- Problems with your name, Social Security Number, or birthday
- Not having the required work credits for SSDI
- Having too high an income or too many assets for SSI
When we help you file your claim for disability, we will look over your application to reduce the chances of a technical denial.
Let Us Help You Fight a Pittsburgh Disability Denial
All too often, people who need disability benefits to make ends meet receive a denial based on their initial application. In many cases, applicants receive approval through the appeals process.
If you receive a denial notice, reach out to our team as soon as possible. You only have a few weeks to take action and request an appeal. We can request an appeals hearing on your behalf if there is sufficient time and begin to build your case. We will:
- Identify why the Social Security Administration denied your claim
- Collect all necessary medical evidence
- Build an argument for overturning your denial
- Document your condition to help prove you deserve back pay
- Communicate with you throughout the process
- Represent you to the Administrative Law Judge
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Getting Social Security Disability for Epstein-Barr Virus in Pittsburgh, PA
Epstein-Barr virus rarely causes an impairment that lasts long enough to qualify you for Social Security disability benefits. However, if you suffer from symptoms or complications that last a year or more, you may be able to get approved for disability. Berger and Green can help you understand your qualifications and file your claim.
If you already applied for disability and the Social Security Administration denied your benefits, we can help you file an appeal and fight for the monthly benefits and back pay you deserve. If your impairment stems from an accident injury, we may also be able to pursue compensation on your behalf in a personal injury case.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your free case evaluation with a member of our Pittsburgh Social Security Disability team.