What Qualifies as a Disability?
When employees in every industry across the city of San Antonio clock in at their places of work, they submit themselves to a variety of dangers and hazards. Many of the injuries which can occur in the workplace are may result in disability. These are usually physical injuries, but they can also include long-term illnesses.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers assistance to the disabled through its government-backed programs, but the requirements are stringent, and the application process is difficult. For workers injured on the job, what injuries can be considered disabilities are the most pressing of these requirements.
The good news is that anyone pursuing a Social Security disability claim has the right to seek out an attorney to help file an application. With the complexities of the application and appeals process, the help provided by a San Antonio Social Security disability claims attorney is often invaluable.What Qualifies as a Disability?
For the purposes of Social Security, a disability implies that your ability to function in a position of gainful employment is limited in some capacity. To be considered a ‘disability’, your condition must meet a few specific requirements:
- You are unable to complete the same labor tasks at your workplace as before your disability occurred.
- The Social Security Administration determines that you cannot conform because of this condition to meet the basic actions required of your work.
- Your disability is expected to last for an entire year, or last forever through the rest of your life.
Many of the predicaments considered to be a ‘disabling impairment are either permanent or at least one year in length, most of which are on the Social Security Administration’s listing of Impairments . There is a numerous and wide-reaching array of conditions on this list. Some common examples of disorders and impairments defined by the SSA’s blue book which qualify as a ‘disability’ include but are not limited to:
- Mood and psychotic disorders
- Arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Immune system disorders
- Musculoskeletal system issues
- Skin disorders
- Cardiovascular and respiratory conditions
- Congenital defects
- Amputations and disfigurements
The SSA makes a key distinction between two major subcategories. The list is separated by age. Part A includes impairments in adults aged 18 or over (this also includes ailments which typically affect adults, but in rare instances can show up in children). Part B is comprised of those illnesses and ailments which usually affect children younger than 18. Families and spouses are also able to obtain disability benefits in the event that a husband, wife, or parent is disabled.Should I Seek Disability Compensation?
There are a few questions you should ask yourself about your condition before filing for disability in San Antonio. If you can answer ‘yes’ to one or more of the following questions, you may have a disability case which may require legal guidance:
- Are you currently employed and able to work?
- Can your condition be classified as ‘severe’?
- Does your condition show up in the SSA’s blue book of disabilities?
- Are you able to do other work instead?
- Are there other options for work that you can do?
If you or someone you care about has some form of disability and seeking compensation in the form of a Social Security disability claim, the attorneys from the law offices of Carabin Shaw in San Antonio want to help you secure every available form of disability compensation – through Social Security and elsewhere.
For more information about what qualifies as a disability and all other personal injury inquiries, there is a disability claims attorney available at Carabin Shaw around the clock to help you sift through the facts of your case and determine what you may be owed.
Our San Antonio personal injury lawyers have over 20 years of experience representing clients all across the state of Texas in all types of disability cases. Contact us today to meet our team of knowledgeable lawyers. We can schedule a free preliminary in-person consultation, and one of our experienced attorneys will answer all your questions. You can reach us at our San Antonio offices at 210.222.2288 or toll-free at 1.800.862.1260.