Legal Definition Under Georgia State Law
A disabling condition is identified by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in their impairment listing manual, or “Blue Book,” as a condition that can be severe enough to qualify a person for Social Security Disability benefits. Additionally, the condition must be severe enough that it can interfere with the individual’s ability “to gain substantial employment.”
If an individual has one of the listed conditions, they may be able to apply and collect benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs with or without a Compassionate Allowance (an expedited application process).
A Quick Overview of Disabling Conditions
The concept of a disabling condition covers situations where you’re injured and are unable to continue working. It isn’t just that you can’t go back to your normal job—you cannot return to any job for a period of time.
The disabling condition also must not have occurred at work. In those situations, workers’ compensation benefits should apply rather than triggering eligibility for SSDI or SSI benefits.
To clarify what the SSA means by a disabling condition, they have created the “Blue Book,” which lists some of the most common conditions considered debilitating enough to make you unable to work. Within the Blue Book are 88 conditions that will automatically qualify you for benefits, but there are certainly additional conditions that warrant benefits as well. The key question is always whether you are able to continue a gainful activity (employment).
Dealing with a Frustrating Process
When you suffer an injury that will last a long period of time, you will need assistance during your rehabilitation, especially financially.
Many, many individuals have experienced how frustrating, discouraging, and painfully time-consuming the process of applying for Social Security Disability is for everyone. And the nightmarish reapplication after continual hearings and/or denials of legitimate claims can be really hard to deal with. This is where a Social Security Disability lawyer can help.
Handling a Disabling Accident or Condition
There are so many factors to consider when you no longer have a regular paycheck to cover your bills and take care of family needs. It is frightening! There are many things that will become uncertain very fast.
One of the most important steps to take first is educating yourself, family dependents, and personal business partners about the process and time it will take to acquire assistance. You’ll need to gather evidence of your condition and how it prevents you from continuing at your current job and seeking new gainful employment.
If you’re not sure where to start or need assistance, consult with an attorney who takes these types of cases.
Getting Help with Your SSDI or SSI Application
John Foy & Associates can help you with your disability case because we have a team of experienced attorneys familiar with the disability hearing process. We know how to best present your medical and living needs throughout the Social Security application process and beyond.
Through proper representation, successful applications are more likely to get you the benefits you need sooner. Statistics indicate that applicants with experienced representation are more likely to receive benefits than individuals who choose to represent themselves. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form and get your FREE consultation today.