To the dismay of many Social Security Disability applicants, the Social Security Administration has removed endocrine disorders from the listing of disabling impairments. While this does not mean that it is impossible for individuals suffering from an endocrine disorders to obtain the disability benefits they need, it does mean that it will be much harder to do so and the disability claim process will likely involve the need for an appeal.
What Is an Endocrine Disorder?
The body's endocrine system is responsible for producing hormones, which it sends out through the bloodstream. These hormones help the body regulate certain processes, such as balancing fluids, controlling weight and even breathing. When an endocrine disorder is present, there is a disease affecting the function of the endocrine system and causing a disruption in the flow of hormones.
Why Is the Social Security Administration Removing the Listings?
It is not common for the Social Security Administration to remove disabling conditions from the impairment listings, so why are endocrine disorders now being removed? The reason for the removal of this particular category of conditions is due to the fact that these disorders are usually detected much earlier because of recent advances in medical technology. Better treatments have also become available to manage the disorders, meaning that the people who suffer from them are not as limited in their day-to-day activities. As a result, the SSA feels that many of the people who suffer from endocrine disorders do not suffer from conditions that are severe enough to prevent them from performing gainful work activity.
What Does This Mean for Social Security Disability Applicants?
If an individual is suffering from an endocrine disorder that is severe enough to prevent substantial gainful work activity, he or she will still qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. It may just take longer for these applicants to obtain the benefits they need.
Further, individuals who are suffering from severe endocrine disorders will likely meet a condition outlined in one of the other Blue Book Listings. If this is not the case, the applicant will have the chance to prove through a disability appeal that he or she is completely unable to perform any type of work activity due to the condition.
If you are suffering from an endocrine disorder, such as a pituitary disorder, and are in need of Social Security Disability benefits, you may want to consult with a qualified disability attorney or advocate. Because these disorders are no longer covered in the SSA's medical listings, it may be harder to obtain the benefits you need. A disability attorney or advocate will provide you with professional representation during your disability application or appeal, increasing your chances of obtaining Social Security Disability benefits.