If your hereditary telangiectasia symptoms and complications prevent you from getting and keeping your Pittsburgh, PA job, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Two programs offer monthly payments for those who have qualifying impairments: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At Berger and Green, our Pennsylvania disability lawyers can help you file your initial claim for benefits or appeal a denial of benefits. We will review your case for free. Let us help you get the disability benefits you deserve when you are suffering from hereditary telangiectasia. Call us at (888)-392-8307 to get started today.
Getting Approved for Disability Based on an Impairment Listing
The Social Security Administration publishes the “Blue Book,” a listing of potentially qualifying impairments. There is not an impairment listing that directly addresses hereditary telangiectasia. There is no listing by an alternate name such as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, HHT, or Osler-Weber-Rendu. You may, however, meet the criteria under Section 7.00 – Hematological Disorders.
If your impairment is not directly related to a bleeding issue, you could instead qualify based on an impairment listing that addresses your symptoms. Hereditary telangiectasia can affect a number of organs, so you may need to consider other listings in the Blue Book that address:
- Brain damage and cognitive issues
- Liver failure
- Shortness of breath, breathlessness, and other respiratory issues
- Bleeding in the digestive tract
- Congestive heart failure
Our team can help you ensure your claim includes all the necessary information for the Office of Disability Determination Services to contact your doctors. This is how they will gain access to your medical records and the evidence they need to prove you suffer from a qualifying impairment.
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You Can Get Disability Benefits Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
You do not have to meet an impairment listing to get social security disability benefits for hereditary telangiectasia symptoms in Pittsburgh. If your symptoms, complications, or treatments prevent you from working, you may be able to qualify based on your residual functional capacity (RFC). Your RFC is an assessment of your ability to work. It includes:
- Your training and experience.
- The type of jobs you are able to
- How long you can work.
- How often you can work.
There are three ways the Office of Disability Determination services can assess your RFC:
- Have one of their doctors evaluate you based on your medical records and application information.
- Ask your doctor to complete a form based on their knowledge of your case.
- Ask you to attend a consultative exam with a third-party physician.
Once the disability examiner understands your RFC, they can determine if you qualify for benefits. If they find you cannot work, or that you can work but require accommodations, you will likely get approved for benefits.
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Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Pittsburgh Disability
Getting approved for disability benefits requires more than just proving you suffer from an impairment that prevents you from working. You also need to meet all the technical qualifications of the program you apply for. Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income each have their own criteria.
If you do not meet the technical criteria for the program, the team from the local Social Security field office will issue a technical denial. This means you will get a denial notice before anyone ever looks at your medical evidence of an impairment.
Some of these technical qualifications include:
- Having an earned income over the current substantial gainful activity limit for SSDI.
- Having enough work credits for SSDI.
- Having the required recent work credits for SSDI.
- Having an income over the household limit for SSI.
- Having assets above the limit for SSI.
We can help you complete your application and file your claim. Let us help you reduce the risk of a technical denial and fight for the compensation you need. Call us today at (888)-392-8307 to get started.
Appealing Your Disability Denial in Pittsburgh
The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies far more than half of all initial claims it receives. If you received a denial notice and need help appealing the decision, the Berger and Green team is here for you. We can explain your options and request an appeal hearing if there is sufficient time to do so. If you trust your appeal to us, we will:
- Investigate your denial and learn why the SSA did not approve your claim.
- Collect evidence for your hearing to show you qualify for disability.
- Build a strong case for approval and back pay.
- Answer your questions and address your concerns.
- Represent you to the Administrative Law Judge.
- Present the case we built during your appeal hearing.
- Argue for the benefits and back pay you deserve.
It takes more than a year before your hearing date arrives. This gives us the opportunity to look into your case and craft a strong argument to present during your hearing. We will go after your monthly benefits and back pay from the date of your original application.
Pursuing Other Compensation
In some cases, we can also pursue additional compensation for our clients. This may be possible if you suffered injuries in a personal injury accident. We can identify the liable party, build a solid case, and take legal action on your behalf. Attorney Laurence B. Green, one of our founding partners, has more than four decades of experience fighting for the rights of accident victims. Let us review your personal injury case today for free.
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Getting Social Security Disability for Hereditary Telangiectasia in Pittsburgh, PA
If you cannot work because of your hereditary telangiectasia symptoms or complications, we are here to help you get social security disability benefits for this impairment. We can review your claim and help you file it, or we can file an appeal on your behalf.