The effects of Fragile X Syndrome can vary from person to person, and even throughout a person’s life. If you or a loved one struggle to work your Pittsburgh job or are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. This could include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At Berger and Green, our Pittsburgh, PA disability lawyers are here to help you apply for Social Security disability for Fragile X Syndrome. We can help you file your initial claim or fight a denial of your benefits. We offer free case reviews and do not get paid unless we can get your benefits started. Let us go to work for you today. Call our office at 412-661-1400 to schedule your free consultation.
Getting Approved for Benefits Based on a Fragile X Diagnosis
As an adult with Fragile X Syndrome, you cannot get approved for benefits based on your diagnosis alone. The Social Security Administration publishes a book of impairment listings, known as the Blue Book, that outlines the criteria you must meet to get benefits based on your diagnosis. There is not an impairment listing that directly addresses Fragile X Syndrome.
To qualify based on an impairment listing, you will need to consider the specific cause of your impairment and see if there is a listing that addresses it. Some of the most common include:
- Cognitive impairments
- Speech and language impairments
- Physical coordination issues
- Problems with social and emotional functioning
To get Social Security Disability, the examiner from the Office of Disability Determination Services will need to see convincing medical evidence of your impairment. The Blue Book includes the specific criteria for each impairment. If you do not meet an impairment listing, this evidence will still play a crucial role in your case.
Before we help you submit your claim, we will ensure your paperwork includes the accurate and complete contact information for all your doctors. The disability examiner will use this information to request your medical records and obtain the evidence needed to approve your benefits.
You Can Qualify for Disability Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
In many cases, people do not meet the criteria under a published impairment listing, yet they still cannot work. If you or a loved one are in this position, it is possible to get Social Security disability for Fragile X Syndrome without meeting an impairment listing. You will need to rely on your residual functional capacity (RFC). An RFC is an assessment of your remaining abilities, despite your impairment.
To get your RFC, the disability examiner in your case will:
- Have a doctor from the Office of Disability Determination Services review your case.
- Ask your treating physician to complete the assessment based on their knowledge of your case.
- Ask you to attend a consultative examination paid for by the Social Security Administration.
Your RFC assessment will tell the disability examiner:
- The type of work you have the training and education to do.
- The type of work your impairment allows you to do.
- How long you can work.
- How often you can work.
If they find you cannot work your previous job or any job you held in the last 15 years, you will likely get approved for benefits. You may also get approved if you can work but require accommodations.
Technical Qualifications and Your Pittsburgh Disability Benefits
While it is often the most difficult part of the battle, proving you have a qualifying impairment is only half the battle when it comes to getting Pittsburgh disability benefits. Before the Office of Disability Determination Services ever receives your file, the staff from the local Social Security field office will check to ensure you meet all the technical qualifications for SSDI or SSI.
If you do not meet the technical requirements, they will issue a technical denial. This means you could receive a denial before anyone every considers your medical records or qualifying impairment.
Some important technical qualifications include:
- Having an earned income below the current substantial gainful activity limit for SSDI.
- Having enough, and recent enough, work credits for SSDI.
- Having a household income below the current SSI limit.
- Having assets before the current SSI limit.
Let Us Appeal Your Pittsburgh Disability Denial
Nationwide, the Social Security Administration denies more than two-thirds of all initial claims received. If the agency denied your application, you are not alone. Many people still get approved for benefits after a denial. However, you need to act quickly because you only have a short time to appeal the decision.
Reach out to our team as soon as you receive your denial notice, and we can go to work for you. We will request an appeal hearing if there is sufficient time to do so. Then, we will:
- Answer your questions and address your concerns about your case.
- Investigate the reason behind your denial.
- Collect evidence to prove you qualify for disability benefits.
- Keep in contact with you about the progress of your case.
- Represent you before the Administrative Law Judge overseeing your appeal.
- Present the case we built during your hearing.
- Argue for approval of your monthly benefits with full back pay
It is important to note that appealing a disability denial is not a quick process. It will take more than a year or more between the date on your denial and the date of your hearing. We will stand by you during this time and ensure you understand what is happening every step of the way.
Getting Social Security Disability for Fragile X Syndrome in Pittsburgh, PA
If the symptoms or complications of your Fragile X Syndrome limit your ability to work, we can help you file for disability or appeal a decision. We also have personal injury attorneys on our team who can help you pursue compensation in a civil suit if you suffered injuries in a Pennsylvania accident.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your free case evaluation or to get started right away.