Guillain Barre syndrome and the required treatment can make it impossible to work until you recover from the illness. If doctors expect this impairment or other complications to last a year or more, you could qualify for Social Security disability benefits. This includes Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
If you cannot work because of Guillain Barre, the Berger and Green team can help. Let us review your case for free. We can help you prepare and file your claim, or even fight a denial. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Getting Disability Based on a Guillain Barre Diagnosis
The Social Security Administration publishes a book of qualifying impairments known as the Blue Book. Guillain Barre syndrome is not in this book, as Guillain Barre sufferers who seek treatment usually recover fully in less than a year. However, if your symptoms or related complication will likely last a year or more, you may qualify.
The Social Security Administration will evaluate you based on your symptoms to determine if you meet one of their impairment listings. Some of the most common include:
- Section 1.02 – Major Dysfunction of a Joint
- Section 3.02 – Chronic Respiratory Disorders
- Section 14.0 – Immune System Disorders
Each of these impairment listings has its own criteria you must meet to get approved for benefits. To prove you qualify, the disability examiner handling your case will want to see medical evidence. This could include blood tests, other clinical tests, medical imaging, notes about your treatment and outcomes, and other information from your medical records.
When you apply for disability, you will need to provide contact information for your doctor(s) to ensure the disability examiner has access to all your records. This is a key part of getting the benefits you need and deserve. We can help you compile this information, and ensure you include it when you file your claim.
Getting Disability Without Meeting an Impairment Listing
You may be able to get approved for disability benefits without meeting the qualifications under an impairment listing. This is possible through your residual functional capacity (RFC). This evaluation determines the type of work you can do despite your impairment, how long you can work, and how often you can work.
There are three ways the Office of Disability Determination Services can evaluate your RFC:
- The disability examiner can assign an RFC based on your medical records and evidence
- Your doctor can submit an evaluation form to support your application
- You can attend a consultative exam scheduled by the Social Security Administration and allow a third-party doctor to complete your evaluation
No matter which method Office of Disability Determination Services uses to evaluate your RFC, you will likely be eligible for disability benefits if they find you cannot work your last job, cannot work any other job you qualify for, or can work but require accommodations.
Meeting the Technical Criteria for Disability Benefits
Proving you suffer from a qualifying impairment is not the only criteria for getting disability benefits. You also need to meet the technical qualifications for the program. If you do not meet one or more of the technical qualifications, the Social Security Administration could deny your claim before they ever even consider your medical condition.
Some of the most common reasons for a technical denial include:
- Not completing all sections of the application
- Skipping forms or refusing to submit some information
- Submitting incorrect information
- Not having the required number of work credits for SSDI
- Having too much income or too many assets for SSI
When we work together to prepare and file your claim, we will check for common issues that lead to technical denials. If we can reduce your risk of getting a technical denial and ensure the disability examiner can contact your medical care providers, this may increase your chances of getting approved for disability based on your initial application.
We Can Fight for Your Disability Benefits After a Denial
If you receive a denial notice, it is important to realize you may still be able to get benefits. However, it is imperative you act quickly to file an appeal.
Berger and Green will file your appeal and fight for the disability benefits you deserve. You only have 60 days from the date on your denial to request an appeals hearing. For this reason, we recommend you call us right away for help with your appeal. When you enlist our help with the disability appeals process, we will:
- Request your appeals hearing on your behalf
- Explain why the Social Security Administration denied your claim
- Collect evidence and build a solid case for benefits
- Represent you to the Administrative Law Judge
- Fight for the disability benefits and back pay you deserve
Let us handle your Pittsburgh disability appeal. We will review your case for free. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to get started.
Getting Social Security Disability for Guillain Barre Syndrome in Pittsburgh, PA
If you cannot work because of Guillain Barre syndrome in Pittsburgh, PA, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The Berger and Green team can help you file your initial claim or appeal a denial. We can also pursue compensation in a personal injury case if any of your impairments stem from a negligence accident.
We offer free case reviews. Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 to learn more about how we can help you.