Does Your Physical Or Mental Impairment Qualify Under SSA Definitions?
Determine If Your Injury Is Recognized By The SSA
For Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) purposes, the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines a “medically determinable impairment” or condition as one that results from “anatomical, physiological or psychological abnormalities that can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques.”
The SSA’s rules further state that a “physical or mental impairment must be established by medical evidence consisting of signs, symptoms and laboratory findings — not only by the individual’s statement of symptoms.”
How Are Physical And Mental Impairments Defined?
The SSA recognizes 14 categories of disability impairments, including:
- Musculoskeletal system conditions, like back issues
- Special senses and speech conditions
- Respiratory system conditions
- Cardiovascular system conditions
- Neurological disorders
- Immune system disorders
It is important to note that even if your disability clearly falls under one of the SSA’s listings of impairments, you may still be denied benefits. This is not a reflection of your disability, but rather an attempt at limiting the number of people who receive benefits. It is also daunting when your pain is hard to quantify in one of these categories. Whatever your situation, we can help.
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At McKown & Myers, LLP, our attorneys have significant experience with both physical disability and mental disability claims. Our understanding of the SSA and how it determines who should receive benefits has made us an invaluable resource for people suffering from disabilities in Indiana.
In short, we understand the complicated rules of SSD and SSI evidence requirements set forth by the SSA, and we are familiar with many of the disabling impairments it provides guidelines for.
For specific information on SSD and SSI qualifying impairments recognized by the Social Security Administration, visit the SSA’s official website.