Types of Disabling Injuries and Diseases

People who are unable to work because of chronic diseases or debilitating injuries have enough to worry about. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits should be a given if you qualify. Unfortunately, the government initially rejects many claims even when the claimant is suffering from a disabling injury or disease. For those times, you need the help of an experienced Alabama Social Security Disability lawyer like J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law. Contact us today by calling (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY, or by using our online contact form. Your initial consultation is free, and we don't receive a fee until we successfully obtain SSD benefits for you.

We have been serving disabled workers for over 15 years in Montgomery and the surrounding communities. Whether you are making your initial application for SSD benefits or are appealing a denied claim, our Social Security Disability attorneys can help.

Conditions That Frequently Entitle Claimants to SSD Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has exacting evidentiary and documentation standards for all SSD claims. The SSA determines who qualifies as "disabled" for benefits purposes. The SSA considers a person disabled if it concludes he or she:
  • Cannot do his or her previous job
  • Cannot adjust to new jobs; and
  • Will be (or already has been) disabled for over a year, or will die from his or her ailment.
Here's a summary of some of the impairments that could qualify someone for SSD benefits:
  • Musculoskeletal system -These impairments include trauma to a person's joints and spine, as well as amputations, soft tissue damage and bone fractures. They manifest in an inability to walk, to bear weight or to efficiently move around.
  • Special senses and speech - These are impairments to, or loss of, certain essential senses. Losing the ability to speak, see and hear are on the list.
  • Respiratory system - Respiratory impairments encompass a number of illnesses and diseases, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung transplants and sleep-related breathing disorders.
  • Cardiovascular system - These impairments include any condition that affects the proper function of a person's heart or circulatory system, including chronic heart failure, recurrent arrhythmias, heart transplants and peripheral artery disease.
  • Digestive system - Impairments affecting the digestive system include liver dysfunction or transplants, inflammatory bowel disease and short bowel syndrome.
  • Genitourinary system - These impairments largely encompass kidney disorders due to chronic renal disease, as well as a host of other diseases and conditions, including anasarca, diastolic hypertension, nephritic syndrome and neuropathy.
  • Hematological disorders - Impairments in this category are those that affect your blood and your body's blood-producing organs, such as sickle cell disease, coagulation defects, chronic anemia, and aplastic anemia with bone marrow or stem cell transplantation.
  • Skin disorders - Dermatitis, bullous diseases and chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes are all examples of impairments in this category.
  • Endocrine disorders - Endocrine disorders cause hormonal imbalances and affect a body's glands. Examples include pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland disorders, as well as diabetes and related diseases.
  • Neurological disorders - Neurological impairments include brain tumors and epilepsy, as well as trauma to the central nervous system or the spinal cord. Parkinsonian syndrome and cerebral palsy are also in this category.
  • Mental disorders - This category is divided into several subcategories, each with very specific conditions. Affective, personality and anxiety disorders, as well as mental retardation and organic mental disorders all fall under this category.
  • Malignant neoplastic diseases - A malignant neoplasm is a cancerous tumor that has an odd shape and tends to spread to other parts of the body.
  • Immune system disorders - These impairments include autoimmune disorders and immune deficiency disorders, problems with antibody production and certain cellular deficiencies, as well as immune system disorders that result in unusual infections.
In order to qualify for SSD / SSI or other disability benefits, you must provide documentation that demonstrates how your condition prevents you from working. However, the type of ailment is not the primary factor in determining your right to benefits. The most important aspect of your case is that you can demonstrate your disability is severe enough to prevent you from working for at least 12 months.

The process of obtaining disability benefits is often long, complicated and very frustrating. However, you don't have to go through it alone. Our experienced lawyers can help you get the Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income you need to get on with your life.

Contact an Alabama Disability Benefits Lawyer Today
For over 15 years, Mr. Benson has dedicated his law practice to treating each client with dignity and respect while determining the best course of action to help them recover the compensation they deserve. He advocates for his clients in Montgomery, Alabama, and across the U.S. on a daily basis to make sure their rights are protected and fights for the benefits they deserve.

Call J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY, or use our online contact form for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. If our lawyers can assist you, we will proceed on a contingency-fee basis. This means we don't get paid for our services until you recover money.