If complications related to your uncontrolled adrenal hyperfunction keep you from working and earning a living in Pittsburgh, you may qualify to draw monthly disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Depending on your work history and financial standing, you might qualify for payments from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At Berger and Green, our disability lawyers understand how to get Social Security Disability for adrenal hyperfunction. A member of our team can review your claim before you apply, or we will appeal your denial if the SSA rejected your initial application. Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary case review.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits Based on Your Adrenal Hyperfunction
Adrenal hyperfunction and other adrenal gland disorders qualify as disabling medical conditions in Section 9.00 – Endocrine Disorders of the SSA’s Blue Book. However, you must look at other parts of the Blue Book to determine the criteria you must meet to draw disability benefits. The listing that applies is based on the complications and symptoms your adrenal hyperfunction causes.
For example, if you suffer from:
- Fractures or other osteoporosis complications, you might qualify under Section 1.00; or
- Heart failure or arrhythmias related to hypertension, you could qualify under Section 4.00; or
- Uncontrolled weight loss and malnutrition, your criteria are under Section 5.00; or
- Mood disorders or other mental illness issues, you might qualify under Section 12.00.
We recommend talking openly with your doctor about your impairment before you apply for Social Security Disability. Your medical record and the test results will play a crucial role in whether or not you qualify for benefits. Your doctor may even be able to identify other impairment listings you meet beyond those listed here.
Getting Disability for Adrenal Hyperfunction If You Do Not Meet a Blue Book Listing
You may be able to qualify for disability based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC), even if you do not meet a Blue Book listing. Your RFC is an evaluation of your ability to work despite your impairment. It determines:
- The type of tasks you are capable of doing; and
- How long you can do those tasks; and
- How frequently you can complete those tasks.
If your RFC evaluation shows you cannot work your previous job or any other job you qualify for, you will likely receive approval for benefits.
The SSA evaluates your abilities for your RFC in one of three ways:
- An SSA doctor reviews your application and medical records; or
- Your doctor evaluates you based on your history and medical records; or
- The SSA pays for a third-party doctor to examine you and determine your RFC.
Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Disability Benefits
In addition to meeting the medical requirements for disability, you must also meet technical criteria before the SSA will approve your application. If you do not, the SSA will immediately issue a technical denial.
Our attorneys can look at your application, work history, and financial information to make sure you meet the technical requirements for disability.
Technical Requirements for All Programs
To qualify for disability from SSI or SSDI, you must:
- Fill in each section of your application; and
- Ensure you supply the correct birthdate and Social Security Number; and
- Make sure the name you give matches your other identifying information.
SSDI Technical Requirements
To draw SSDI benefits, you must:
- Have worked long enough to earn the right number of work credits; and
- Have worked recently enough.
SSI Technical Requirements
To be eligible for SSI, you must:
- Have a household income that falls under the SSA’s limit; and
- Have few personal assets.
Appealing a Denied Disability Claim
If the SSA denied your application, you might still be able to get benefits; you will just need to fight for them by filing an appeal.
You have only 60 days from the date on your denial letter to request an appeals hearing. If you want us to represent you and help you navigate the appeals process, it is important not to delay. If this deadline passes, you will have to file a new application and start the process from scratch.
If you do choose to enlist our help, give us a call. We will review your case and help you understand if we believe you qualify for benefits.
As a part of helping you fight for the benefits you need, we will:
- Request a appeals hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge; and
- Help you understand the timeline for your appeal; and
- Research your denial to understand why the SSA did not approve your benefits; and
- Build a case for disability benefits based on your medical history and evidence; and
- Represent you to the Administrative Law Judge at your hearing; and
- Present your case for benefits, and ask the Judge to overturn your denial.
While we cannot guarantee we can get you approved for benefits, we are often successful in getting our clients approved for monthly benefits and back pay during this appeals hearing. If we are successful in your case, you will begin receiving monthly benefits quickly, and you may get backpay as well.
Get Disability Benefits for Adrenal Hyperfunction
At Berger and Green, we know how hard it can be to need disability benefits to help you make ends meet. We will help you apply for benefits or navigate the appeals process for you. We will fight for the benefits you need.
If your adrenal hyperfunction is related to an accident that occurred because of someone else’s negligence, our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you get additional compensation through an insurance claim or civil suit.
You can reach our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for a free consultation.