If you need help making ends meet because of a pituitary gland disorder, you might qualify for disability benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The disability lawyers from Berger and Green know how to get Social Security Disability for pituitary gland disorders in Pittsburgh. We can review your application for benefits or help you file an appeal if you received a denial of your claim. We will navigate the appeals process for you, taking on the Social Security Administration (SSA) and representing you in front of the Administrative Law Judge who oversees your appeal.
Call us today at 412-661-1400 for your free case evaluation.
Getting Disability Based on Your Pituitary Gland Disorder
The SSA publishes a book of impairment listings, known as the Blue Book. This book outlines the criteria you must meet to qualify for disability benefits. Usually, you can look up your diagnosis and see the criteria immediately. However, when it comes to pituitary gland disorders, the SSA handles the qualifications somewhat differently.
Pituitary gland disorders can affect a wide range of bodily functions, and the complications you experience depend on the parts of your body affected. While these disorders have their own impairment listing in Section 9.00 of the Blue Book, this entry points you toward other listings that address that contain the criteria you need to meet to get disability.
Understanding How This Works
For example, imagine you suffer from diabetes insipidus and chronic dehydration because of your pituitary gland disorder. Your condition affects your water and electrolyte balance, which harms your kidneys and causes serious complications that prevent you from working. In this case, Section 6.00 of the Blue Book would outline the criteria you need to meet to get benefits.
Proving Your Qualifying Impairment
Your medical records and other medical evidence play a key role in proving your impairment. For this reason, we recommend getting your doctor to help with your application before you file. They will be able to:
- Help you identify which listings apply in your case; and
- Explain the qualifying criteria; and
- Ensure you have the medical evidence, medical imaging, laboratory findings, and other clinical reports required to get approved for benefits.
Getting Benefits Without the Blue Book
Even if you do not meet a Blue Book impairment listing, you can still qualify for benefits based on your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). Your RFC is an evaluation of your remaining abilities. It considers:
- They type of work you can do; and
- How long you can work at a time; and
- How often you can work.
If your pituitary gland disorder prevents you from being able to work at your current job, a previous job, or at any other job you might qualify for, you should get approval for benefits.
There are three ways the SSA can evaluate your abilities to get your RFC:
- Someone from Disability Determination Services will evaluate your abilities based on your application and medical records; or
- Your doctor will evaluate your abilities based on their knowledge of your case and your medical records; or
- A third-party doctor will examine you to determine your remaining abilities.
Meeting the Technical Qualifications for Disability
You also need to meet the technical qualifications for the program you are applying for. Otherwise, you could receive a technical denial.
The SSA could issue a technical denial because of:
- Blanks left on the application; or
- Incorrect or invalid information on the application; or
- Problems with your name, birthdate, and Social Security Number matching.
- Do not meet the work requirement for SSD or the income and resources requirements for SSI.
The SSA will also look at your work history, income, and assets to determine if you meet the requirements for SSDI or SSI benefits. Our attorneys can look at your information to see if you meet the technical requirements for disability.
Fighting for the Disability Benefits You Need With an Appeal
If you received a denial letter in response to your claim, it is important not to delay your appeal. You have 60 days to request an appeals hearing. We recommend giving us a call during this period and letting us handle the rest of this process on your behalf.
As a part of trying to help you get approval for the disability benefits you need, we will:
- Request your appeals hearing; and
- Look into your case and identify the reason the SSA denied your claim; and
- Encourage you to get the treatment that your doctors recommend to help you build a strong case; and
- Explain what you can expect every step of the way; and
- Represent you before the Administrative Law Judge overseeing your case; and
- Present an argument on your behalf; and
- Ask the Administrative Law Judge to overturn your denial; and
- Fight for the full back pay and retroactive benefits you deserve.
In many cases, we can get our clients approved for the disability benefits they deserve during this appeals hearing. If this is not possible in your case, we might be able to pursue additional options on your behalf.
Talk to a Pittsburgh Disability Lawyer About Your Claim
At Berger and Green, our disability attorneys will review your case for free and help you understand your options for getting disability benefits for a pituitary gland disorder. We can handle your appeal and navigate this entire complex process for you. We might also be able to pursue a civil case and collect compensation for you if your medical condition stems from a negligence accident.
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 to talk with a member of our team.