Getting Social Security for Escherichia coli (E. coli) in Pittsburgh, PA, requires you to file an application with the Social Security Administration (SSA). If your symptoms prevent you from working and last a year or more, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
- coli is a bacteria that causes bacterial gastroenteritis. While many E. coli infections go away after treatment or once the bacteria moves through the digestive system, some people may experience ongoing complications.
At Berger and Green, our attorneys know how to qualify for disability benefits. We will be glad to help you apply for disability based on your medical condition. If the SSA denied your initial application for benefits, we can help you file an appeal or take other actions to get you the full benefits you deserve. For help with disability in Pittsburgh, call us today at 412-661-1400.
Qualifying for Benefits for E. coli
Because E. coli is usually a short-term condition, it does not have an impairment listing in the SSA’s Blue Book. To qualify for disability, you must suffer from an impairment that prevents you from working for at least one year. While many cases of E. coli are acute, the illness can occasionally cause long-term, chronic complications.
If this happened in your case, or if you have additional conditions that make working impossible, you may qualify for benefits based on Section 5.00 – Digestive of the Blue Book. This section outlines a number of digestive conditions and complications that may allow you to draw benefits.
You will need to ensure your condition is well-documented. Talk to your doctor about ensuring your medical records contain all applicable lab and clinical reports, along with imaging results, pathology reports, any notes about your diagnosis, and a list of treatments and medications your doctor prescribed. Your doctor can help you get benefits by ensuring you have convincing medical evidence to back up your claim.
How to Get Disability If You Do Not Meet a Blue Book Listing
If your condition does not meet any of the impairment listings outlined in the Blue Book, this does not mean you cannot get disability. You will instead need to qualify based on a review of your abilities and limitations, known as your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). If you do not meet a qualifying impairment, the disability examiner working on your claim will evaluate your RFC to determine if you can work despite your limitations.
Your RFC evaluates your capacity to perform certain tasks necessary for self-care and holding down a job. The disability examiner evaluates these abilities by:
- Analyzing the information in your medical evidence and application; or
- Asking your physician to provide a statement and evaluation; or
- Asking you to attend an examination the SSA pays for.
If your RFC shows you cannot work your previous job, any job you qualified for, or any other job, you will likely receive approval for disability benefits.
The requirements for SSDI limit how much money you can earn each month when you are disabled. Known as the substantial gainful activity (SGA) limit, this is one way the SSA can determine if you are capable of holding a job and making a living. If your income is lower than the current SGA, you will meet this income requirement.
In addition, SSDI requires you to have a recent work history and have earned a certain number of work credits. Our attorneys can look at your employment history to determine if you have worked long enough to qualify.
SSI is a need-based program. As such, the people who qualify for SSI have met the program’s income and asset limits. If your income or qualifying assets fall below these limits and you have not worked long enough for SSDI, you could be a good candidate for SSI benefits.
Filing an Appeal If the SSA Denies Your Claim
The SSA issues denials to many applicants. This means a lot of people who eventually receive disability benefits had to file an appeal and fight for the back pay and monthly compensation they deserve.
If the SSA denied your claim for disability, give us a call. We can request an appeals hearing before the SSA’s deadline expires. We will help you understand your denial as we walk with you through the Social Security appeals process, representing you, and fighting for the benefits you need.
Closer to the time of your hearing, we will build your case to convince the Administrative Law Judge you meet the qualifications for disability. When the date of your hearing arrives, we should have the best case possible. In most instances, we can get qualifying clients approved for benefits during this hearing. If not, we can discuss the next step in the appeals process with you.
Talk to a Pittsburgh Attorney About Getting Disability for E. coli.
The attorneys at Berger and Green know it can be difficult to make ends meet if you cannot work because of an E. coli infection and related complications. We can review your condition and help you understand if you may qualify for disability benefits. Then, we can help you file your application or file your appeal. Contact us today at 412-661-1400 for your free consultation.