Persons suffering from Parkinson's Disease or Parkinsonian Syndrome may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. If the claimant's condition is severe enough and well documented, the Social Security Administration may approve her claim without even considering the ability to do past work or other work in the economy. The requirements are set out in the Listings:
Claimants applying for Social Security Disability or SSI need to be aware of the Social Security Administration's recent announcement regarding claims involving drug or alcohol addiction (DAA). Recently published SSR 13-2p:
Injured or disabled employees of a railroad can apply to the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) for disability. The RRB administers the program and some of the benefits and procedures mirror the Social Security Administration's disability program and benefits. For railroad employees there are several benefits that the worker or his dependents should look at in terms of eligibility.
Children suffering from a seizure disorder or epilepsy may qualify for Childhood SSI disability benefits. Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI. The Social Security Administration determines whether the child has impairments that meets or medically equals a "listing," or that functionally equals a listing. The Childhood Listings involving seizures or epilepsy are:
In a Social Security Disability case, mental conditions are often involved. The existence of mental impairments alone will not suffice unless they meet or equals a listing or the resulting functional limitations eliminate available jobs.
Children suffering from cystic fibrosis may be eligible for Childhood SSI benefits. Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI. The requirements are actually more stringent. The Social Security Administration determines whether the claimant has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings. To qualify for childhood SSI benefits due to cystic fibrosis, the following must be shown:
Individuals may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits on the basis of cerebral palsy. The Social Security Administration recognizes the devastating and debilitating effects of cerebral palsy. If the cerebral palsy is severe enough and well documented, the Social Security Administration may approve a claim without even considering one's ability to perform past work or other work in the economy. The requirements are set out in section 11 of the Listings. To qualify for benefits under Listing 11.07, one must show:
Persons suffering from lupus or systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) may qualify for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If the claimant's lupus is severe enough, the claimant may qualify for SSD or SSI benefits without consideration of vocational factors. SLE is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect any organ or body system that is often accompanied by constitutional symptoms or signs such as severe fatigue, fever, malaise, and involuntary weight loss.
People often wonder if they qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits because they have difficulty hearing. People have heard that just because they have a bad hearing loss that they will automatically qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits. Claimants can qualify for benefits due to hearing loss, but the loss must be very severe to qualify under the Listings.
People often wonder if they qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits for difficulties with their eyes. "Jailhouse lawyers" seem to spread the myth that if your eyes are the least bit bad, despite good correction with lenses, then you can qualify for benefits. The truth is that claimants can qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits under the Listings, but a high level of severity is required. Claimants can qualify due to loss of visual acuity, contraction of the visual field, or decrease or loss of visual field efficiency.