If a pancreas gland disorder keeps you from working your Pittsburgh job and earning a living, you may be eligible for disability benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At Berger and Green, our disability lawyers know how to get Social Security Disability for pancreas gland disorders. We can help you apply or appeal a denial of benefits if the Social Security Administration (SSA) refuses to award the disability you need and deserve. We might also be able to help you hold the at-fault party liable for damages if your disability stems from a negligence accident or incident.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your free application review.
Meeting the Definition of “Disabled” Based on an Impairment Listing
The SSA publishes a book—known as the Blue Book—of impairing conditions and the criteria you must meet for each one. Pancreatic gland disorders fall under Section 9.00. However, since this type of disorder affects a number of body areas and their functions, this section actually points you to other areas of the Blue Book. If you have a pancreas gland disorder, you could qualify for benefits under:
- Section 4.00, if you suffer from cardiovascular problems; or
- Section 5.00, if your disorder causes digestive issues; or
- Section 11.00, if you have neurological impairments; or
- Section 12.00, if you also have a mental illness.
For example, pancreatitis often causes debilitating pain, stomach upset, and unexplained weight loss. If you are suffering from these side effects, you might be able to qualify based on Section 5.08—assuming you meet the criteria listed there.
We recommend discussing your condition with your doctor before you apply. Their medical records, the tests they conducted, and the feedback they provide all play a key role in getting you approved for benefits.
What to Do If You Do Not Meet a Listing in the Blue Book
If you do not meet an impairment listing in the Blue Book, you could still qualify for benefits. You will just need to do so based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). Your RFC is an evaluation of your ability to work despite your pancreas gland disorder and the related symptoms it causes. Your RFC shows:
- The type of work you can do; and
- How often you can do this work; and
- How long you can do this work.
If your RFC evaluation shows you cannot work your previous job or another job you might be qualified for, you will likely receive approval for disability benefits.
There are three ways the SSA can evaluate your RFC:
- Someone from Disability Determination Services completes your evaluation based on your medical evidence, application information, and other documents; or
- Your doctor completes the evaluation based on their knowledge of your case and your medical records; or
- Another doctor examines you and completes your evaluation based on this exam.
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Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Benefits
In addition to meeting the medical criteria for benefits, you must also satisfy the technical qualifications for SSDI or SSI. If you meet these technical qualifications, you will probably receive benefits. Otherwise, the SSA might issue a technical denial for your application.
The SSA could issue a technical denial if you:
- Leave questions blank on the application; or
- Provide a name or birth date that does not match your Social Security Number; or
- Do not have enough work credits or recent employment to satisfy the requirements for SSDI; or
- You do not meet the income or asset requirements for SSI.
We can help you apply and avoid some of these mistakes.
We Can Help You Appeal a Disability Denial.
If you receive notice that the SSA denied your application, it is important not to delay. You only have 60 days from the date of your denial for us to file an appeal on your behalf, so call us as soon as possible.
When you let us handle your SSDI or SSI appeal, we will:
- Appeal your case for a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge; and
- Review your application and your records to understand your denial; and
- Build a solid case to show you meet the criteria to receive benefits; and
- Help you understand what to expect every step of the way; and
- Present your case to the Administrative Law Judge; and
- Ask them to overturn your denial.
The appeals process can take between several months to a year or more. However, your benefits will accumulate during this time. If we can get the Administrative Law Judge to approve you for benefits, you should start getting disability back benefits while you begin to draw your regular monthly payments.
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Talk to an Attorney About Getting Disability for a Pancreas Gland Disorder in Pittsburgh.
At Berger and Green, our disability attorneys will fight for the benefits we believe you deserve. We offer free case evaluations and will be happy to have a member of our team look over your application before you file it. If you already face a denial, let us get started on your appeal right away.
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation.