Macroglobulinemia can affect your body in several ways and cause significant impairments. If you cannot work because of your condition, we may be able to help you get approved for Social Security disability for macroglobulinemia in Pittsburgh, PA. This could include monthly payments through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The Social Security disability attorneys from Berger and Green understand how important disability benefits can be to those who suffer from impairments. Our team offers free case reviews and consultations. Let us evaluate your case and help you apply for benefits. We can also handle your appeal if the Social Security Administration already denied your claim.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your free case review with a member of our team.
Proving You Suffer from a Qualifying Impairment
The Social Security Administration publishes The Blue Book, a listing of qualifying impairments and the criteria you must meet to get disability. When it comes to macroglobulinemia, you can find it under Section 13.00 – Cancer. In this section, the book outlines the tests required to confirm a diagnosis of this lymphoma. This includes:
- Protein electrophoresis; or
With test results that confirm the diagnosis, the Office of Disability Determination Services will then evaluate your impairments based on the sections that apply specifically to them. This commonly includes:
Because your medical evidence and records play such a key role in getting the disability benefits you need, we encourage you to discuss your application with your doctor before you apply. They can check that you have the proper test results in your file.
The team from Berger and Green can then ensure you have the correct contact information for your medical providers on your application so the disability examiner who handles your claim can obtain the necessary information to approve you for benefits.
Getting Benefits When You Do Not Meet an Impairment Listing
You may still be able to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if you do not meet the criteria in The Blue Book. This may be possible based on your residual functional capacity (RFC). If you do not qualify as “impaired” based on the entries in The Blue Book, the disability examiner who is evaluating your case for the Office of Disability Determination Services (DDS) will conduct an RFC assessment.
This evaluation considers your abilities and the type of work you can do, how often you can do it, and how long you can work. There are three ways DDS can evaluate your RFC:
- DDS performs an assessment based on your application and medical evidence
- DDS contacts your doctor for an evaluation
- DDS asks you to see another doctor for a consultative examination
If DDS finds you cannot work your previous job or another job you might qualify for, or if you can work but require accommodations, you will likely receive approval for benefits.
Let Us Review Your Application to Avoid a Technical Denial
Getting approved for disability benefits requires more than meeting the criteria for a medical disability. In fact, the staff from the local Social Security Administration field office will review your application to ensure you meet all technical qualifications before they forward it to DDS. They could issue a technical denial before they ever consider your medical condition.
Let us review your application before you submit it to ensure you did not:
- Leave any questions blank
- Enter the answer in the wrong section
- Make other seemingly minor mistakes that could result in a technical denial
There are also other technical qualifications that could result in a denial, depending on the program or programs you are applying for. This includes:
- Not having enough required work credits for SSDI
- Having too high of an income for SSI
- Having too many assets for SSI
If you need Pittsburgh disability benefits, let us review your application before you apply. Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your free case evaluation.
We Can Help You Navigate the Disability Appeals Process
Only a fraction of disability applications receive approval based on the initial claim. The Social Security Administration denies far more applicants than it approves. If the SSA denied your disability claim, you only have 60 days to appeal the decision. In Pittsburgh, call or text us as soon as possible at 412-661-1400. We can help you request a hearing and navigate the appeals process.
When you ask us to handle your disability appeal, you can count on us to:
- Request a hearing date on your behalf if there is sufficient time to do so
- Investigate what triggered the denial
- Collect additional evidence to back up your claim
- Build a strong case for full benefits and back pay
- Represent you to the Administrative Law Judge during the hearing
- Argue in favor of overturning your denial and approving you for benefits
It is important to note that you will have to wait a year or more between the time you receive your denial notice and when the date of your appeals hearing arrives. During this time, you should continue to be treated by your doctors to support your claim. We are always available to answer any questions or concerns you have or to update you on the status of your case.
Getting Social Security Disability for Macroglobulinemia in Pittsburgh, PA
If you cannot work because of macroglobulinemia symptoms or complications, you may be able to get approved for disability benefits. We can help you apply or fight to build a strong case to support overturning your denial.
If you suffer from an impairment caused by an accident or injury, we may be able to help you recover additional compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Let us review your case and explain your legal options.