Gilbert’s syndrome is generally relatively minor in severity. However, some people suffer from symptoms or complications that make it difficult to work and earn a living. If your complications make it impossible for you to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability for Gilbert’s syndrome including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At Berger and Green, our disability attorneys can help you fight a benefits denial. If the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied your initial application, we can help you navigate the appeals process and try to get you approved for the benefits you need.
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for a free consultation with a member of our team.
Getting Benefits Based on Your Gilbert’s Syndrome Diagnosis
There is no specific impairment listing for Gilbert’s syndrome in the SSA’s Blue Book of impairment listings. In most cases, this syndrome results in only minor symptoms. In rare cases, though, people who have Gilbert’s syndrome may have more serious symptoms and complications. This could include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Difficulty with focus and concentration
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Abdominal pain
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may meet the impairment listing criteria for weight loss or have a high enough chronic liver disease (CLD) score to qualify based on Section 5.00 – Digestive. You will need to provide medical evidence to back up your diagnosis and to show you meet the criteria in the applicable impairment listing.
We recommend talking to your doctor about whether you may qualify before you apply. Your doctor and the medical records they create will play a key role in getting you the benefits you need, so it is essential to have them on your side and to ensure they understand how much you need disability benefits.
Getting Benefits Based on Your Residual Functional Capacity
Chronic fatigue, cognitive symptoms, and chronic pain can all affect your ability to work and earn a living. You may qualify for benefits based on your inability to hold down a job even if you do not meet the criteria under one of the SSA’s impairment listings. To determine if you can work, you will need to undergo an evaluation of your residual functional capacity (RFC).
There are three ways the Office of Disability Determination Services can evaluate your RFC. This includes:
- Someone from the office assessing your RFC based on your application materials and medical evidence; or
- Your doctor completing the evaluation based on your medical records and their knowledge of your case; or
- The SSA asking you to attend a consultative exam with a third-party doctor.
If your RFC evaluation shows you cannot work your last job, a previous job, or any other job you qualify for, the SSA may approve you for benefits.
Double-check Your Application Before You File Your Claim
Before your application makes it to the Office of Disability Determination Services, the local Social Security field office staff will take a look to ensure you meet all the technical qualifications for each program.
The field office will check to ensure you meet the work credits qualification for SSDI and the income and asset limits for SSI; however, there are several other reasons why it may issue a technical denial at this point in the process.
Some of the most common reasons for which we see this occur include:
- Blanks left on the application
- Incorrect answers
- Issues with a name, birthday, and/or Social Security Number that do not match
We can help you file an application or review your completed application for free before you submit it. Call us today to discuss your qualifications and let us look at your claim: 412-661-1400.
We Can Help You Appeal a Disability Denial
Unfortunately, the most common outcome of a disability application is a denial. If you received a denial notice, you are not alone. The SSA denies the majority of the claims it receives. Once you receive your denial notice, you only have a limited time to begin the appeals process. We recommend you call us as soon as you learn about your denial.
When you reach out to us about your appeal, we can:
- Request an appeals hearing for you
- Look into why the SSA denied your claim
- Collect any additional evidence necessary to get you the benefits you need
- Represent you before the Administrative Law Judge during your hearing
- Argue for the benefits and back pay we believe you deserve
In addition to monthly cash benefits from Social Security Disability, we will also aggressively pursue back pay on your behalf. This covers the period between when you initially applied for disability and when we can finally get you approved. If you receive SSDI, these benefits will come as a lump sum payment.
If you qualify for more than $2,000 in SSI back pay, you will receive the entirety in three payments. This includes one in a few weeks, one in six months, and one a year from now. You may also qualify for up to a year of retroactive benefits if you get SSDI.
We can often get our well-qualified clients approved during this hearing. If we cannot get you the approval you need, we may be able to continue the appeals process and fight for your benefits.
Talk to an Attorney About Getting Social Security Disability for Gilbert’s Syndrome in Pittsburgh, PA
The disability attorneys from Berger and Green know what it takes to win an appeal and get the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. If the SSA denied your claim, we can help you fight to overturn this denial. We will help you navigate the appeals process, represent you during your appeals hearing, and argue for approval of your benefits.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for a free review with a member of our team.