Interstitial cystitis can cause a number of symptoms and issues that make it difficult or impossible to continue to work normal hours at your job. If you are in this situation, it can increase your depression and anxiety as you struggle to make ends meet. One of the best ways to get money to cover your basic needs is to apply for disability benefits, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The disability lawyers from Berger and Green are here to help you understand how to get Social Security Disability (SSD) for interstitial cystitis in Pittsburgh. We can explain what it takes to qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits, help you prepare your application, and fight a denial of benefits, if necessary. Call our office today at 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with one of our disability attorneys.
How Can I Prove I Suffer From a Qualifying Disability?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) only approves disability benefits for those who suffer from a total, permanent disability. It outlines the criteria for qualifying with many medical conditions in a book of impairment listings. However, there is not a specific listing for interstitial cystitis.
This does not mean you cannot qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits. In many cases, related ailments, symptoms, or side effects of medications may meet an impairment listing. For example, many people who suffer from interstitial cystitis also have lupus. The criteria for qualifying based on a lupus diagnosis are in Section 14.02 – Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Depression and anxiety may also occur because of interstitial cystitis. You can find the impairment listing for these in Section 12 – Mental Disorders.
We may be able to help you identify other impairment listings that apply to your condition. We can also discuss other ways you may be able to meet the qualifications for disability. Discuss your situation with your doctor or give us a call today.
Can I Qualify for Benefits If I Do Not Qualify Under an Impairment Listing?
Even if you do not meet any of the criteria in the impairment listings, there is still another way you can meet the requirements and qualify to draw disability. This is through an evaluation of your residual functional capacity (RFC).
Interstitial cystitis causes chronic pain and increased urination. Sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety are common. Exercise, stress, sitting for long periods, and other typical work activities can all contribute to flare ups. Treatment can also make it difficult to work, with some medications causing drowsiness, fatigue, and other side effects. All of this can have a dramatic effect on your RFC.
When assigning your RFC, the disability examiner handling your case will look at your medical records and documentation of your condition to determine the type of work you can do, how long you can work, and how often. If your RFC states you cannot work, you may qualify for disability.
What Medical Documentation Does the SSA Need to Approve My Claim for Disability?
The Social Security disability examiner uses your test results, imaging scans, and medical records to determine the severity of your disability and the nature of your impairments. This makes medical documentation pivotal to getting the benefits approval you need. When we help you file a claim, we list the contact information for all your doctors and other health care providers. This allows the examiner to request copies of this documentation, as well as have the doctor complete a form about your condition.
In your medical records, the disability examiner will look for the tests that confirm your diagnosis, the outcome of treatments, and proof your condition is likely to last at least a year. If you are likely to recover quickly, you will not qualify for benefits.
Are There Other Criteria I Need to Meet to Get Disability Benefits?
To qualify for SSI benefits, you do not need to meet a work credit requirement. However, you must have a monthly income below $735 for an individual or $1,103 for a couple for 2017. In addition, you cannot have more than $2,000 in assets—or $3,000 for a couple.
If you do not meet these requirements, the SSA is likely to issue a technical denial before even looking into your medical history. Our attorneys can examine your work history and financial records to determine if you qualify for one or both of these programs.
What Can I Do If the SSA Denies My SSD Claim?
The SSA denies many of the qualifying individuals who apply for SSD programs because an applicant lacks adequate medical documentation of their impairments. If this happens to you, you should call us right away so we can help you navigate the appeals process and get the benefits you deserve.
As soon as we hear from you, we can request an appeal hearing with an administrative law judge. While we wait for this hearing, we will investigate your case and determine why the SSA denied your application. In most cases, we can get approval for a qualifying client by presenting the proper evidence in this hearing. If not, there are other steps we can take to attempt to get you the disability benefits you need.
How Can I Reach a Pittsburgh Disability Lawyer?
The Berger and Green SSD team knows what it takes to get SSDI, SSI, and other benefits. We can check your claim for you and help you apply. We can also guide you through the appeals process and fight for the benefits you need and deserve. Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for a free evaluation of your disability claim.