Over the past few months you’ve been finding it more and more difficult to do your job properly. You’ve become unusually sluggish, achy, and tense, and on more than one occasion you have had to leave early due to pain and fatigue.

Unfortunately, you’re not the only one who has noticed your recent degeneration. Last week your boss informed you that if you can’t get your act together soon, he’s going to have to let you go. Since you had no idea what was causing the change, you decided to see your doctor. In retrospect it was a good thing you did, but you wish you never heard his diagnosis.

He informed you that you had late onset muscular dystrophy.

Since there isn’t a cure, he highly recommended that you conserve as much energy as possible. He suggested that you quit overexerting yourself at work—especially since the symptoms have rapidly worsened over the past few months—and if possible quit altogether. He scheduled several follow-up appointments, discussed your medical options, and gave you some literature about the disease as well as options for medical disability.

The entire thing was a complete shock and you’re still trying to wrap your head around it, but the one thing you do know is that you can’t continue working, but you also can’t afford to quit. Disability seems like a good option, but do you qualify? What types of disorders do they accept?

Recognized Disorders for Social Security Disability Classification

The Social Security Administration (SSA) sees thousands of disability claims every year, and must follow specific protocols in order to determine eligibility. Although in an ideal world anyone who has been injured, sick, or incapable of working should be allowed disability benefits, there are only limited disability funds at the SSA’s fingertips. Therefore, in order to keep its budget secure and give benefits only to those who absolutely need them, its has established a categorical system for ruling out minor injuries and classifying the more severe ailments for disability consideration.

This system not only allows more efficiency when determining eligibility, but it can also easily show claimants if their disorder qualifies them for disability before they file. The disorder categories for eligibility include:

  • Musculoskeletal (joint, muscle, and bone) disorders
  • Congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems
  • Speech and sensory disorders (touch, sight, etc.)
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Digestive disorders
  • Genitourinary (reproductive and urinary system) impairments
  • Hematological (blood) disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Neurological (brain function) disorders
  • Mental disorders
  • Malignant neoplastic (tumor) disorders
  • Immune system disorders

Filing a Claim to Get the Benefits You Deserve

If you’ve recently been diagnosed, or believe that you have one of the above disorders, you may be eligible for disability benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your claim. When you physically can’t work, you shouldn’t be left out in the cold. Let us help you discover your legal options and rights for government assistance. Without representation your claim could easily be denied, and take years for reconsideration. Don’t waste time that you may not have, call now!

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If you are looking to apply for social security disability, you need to speak with an experienced social security disability lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Natick Office directly at 508.283.5500 to schedule your free consultation.


John L. Keefe
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