The painful, debilitating symptoms and secondary conditions associated with hyperparathyroidism can prevent you from being able to work and earn a living. If this is true in your case, you may qualify for disability benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The disability lawyers at Berger and Green might be able to help you get Social Security Disability for hyperparathyroidism. We can help you apply for disability or file your appeal if the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied your initial application. We will do what we can to help you get the benefits you deserve, no matter where you are in the process.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits Based on Hyperparathyroidism Symptoms
The SSA publishes a list of qualifying impairments and the criteria you need to meet to get disability in the Blue Book. The impairment listing for parathyroid disorders is in Section 9.00 – Endocrine Disorders.
To qualify for benefits based on hyperparathyroidism, you need to meet certain criteria. These criteria could change, depending on the parts of your body affected and the reason your disorder prevents you from working. For example, if your hyperparathyroidism causes:
- Osteoporosis or another bone-related condition, you will need to meet the criteria in Section 1.00; or
- Cataracts or another hypercalcemia-related vision impairment, you will need to look at Section 2.00; or
- Kidney failure, your criteria will be in Section 6.00; or
- Muscle spasms and other issues related to hypocalcemia, you must meet the requirements in Section 11.00.
Having chronically high or low blood calcium levels can also lead to other serious and disabling conditions. If you do not suffer from one of the conditions above, your doctor might be able to identify an impairment listing that applies to your situation. Discussing your condition with your doctor before you apply can help your Social Security case, because their records and your medical evidence will play a key role in getting the benefits you need.
Getting Disability for Hyperparathyroidism If You Do Not Meet an Impairment Listing
If your condition does not meet a Blue Book listing, you can still get benefits based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). Your RFC is an evaluation of your abilities to do specific work-related and everyday tasks. This evaluation will look at:
- What type of work you can do;
- How long you can work at one time; and
- How often you can work.
There are three ways the SSA can evaluate your abilities to get your RFC:
- A doctor from Disability Determination Services can evaluate you based on your application, medical records, and medical evidence; or
- Your primary care physician can complete an evaluation form based on their knowledge of your condition and your medical records and evidence; or
- The SSA can pay a third-party doctor to evaluate your abilities based on an exam.
If your RFC shows you cannot work your previous job or any other job you might qualify for, you will likely receive disability benefits.
Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Disability Benefits
In addition to meeting the SSA’s definition of a disability, you must also meet the technical qualifications for SSDI or SSI benefits. These qualifications deal with things like your work history, your income, and your personal assets. Our attorneys can look at your application to ensure you meet these qualifications so you do not receive a technical denial from the SSA.
We can make sure you:
- Fill in each blank on your application;
- Enter the correct identifying information, such as your name, birthdate, or Social Security Number;
- Have earned enough work credits to qualify for SSDI; and
- Meet the strict income and asset caps for SSI benefits.
Filing an Appeal and Fighting for Your Disability Benefits
If you received a denial, call us as soon as possible. We can review your case and possibly handle the entire appeals process on your behalf. This process includes:
- Requesting an appeals hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge;
- Assessing your application and evidence to understand the reason behind your denial;
- Investigating your capabilities and proving your impairment;
- Building a strong case for approval and back pay;
- Representing you and presenting your case to the Administrative Law Judge; and
- Asking the Judge to overturn your denial.
If we can convince the Administrative Law Judge to overturn your denial and approve you for benefits, you will start receiving monthly payments soon thereafter. You could also receive back pay. This is the money you would have received if the SSA approved your application the first time you applied. We can help you understand how much back pay you may receive in your case.
You only have 60 days from the date on your denial to appeal. This is why it is important not to delay and contact us right away. We can help you navigate the appeals process and fight for the benefits you deserve.
Get Disability Benefits for Hyperparathyroidism in Pittsburgh
At Berger and Green, our disability attorneys can help you understand if you qualify for disability benefits based on your condition or capability to work. We offer free case reviews, and will fight for the benefits you need and believe you deserve. We can request an appeals hearing, research your impairment, and present a strong case for benefits to the Administrative Law Judge.
Some of our disability clients also have viable personal injury claims. If you developed hyperparathyroidism due to someone else’s negligence, you might be able to recover damages in addition to disability benefits.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for a free assessment by a member of our Pittsburgh disability team.