If you have neuropathy that affects your ability to work and perform daily tasks, you might be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two disability programs – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – that provide monthly benefits to help with monthly living expenses and the costs of medical care. To apply for disability benefits from the SSA, you will need to have the following documentation included in your application:
- Medical Evidence – You will need to determine that you are going to be unable to work for at least 12 months because of the neuropathy. You will need to provide supporting medical documentation to back up your neuropathy claim. You will need your physician to provide proof of your condition and its symptoms as well as your restrictions and limitations. You will need to provide Disability Determination Services with a list of the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any caseworkers, clinics, laboratories, physicians, clinics, and hospitals where you received treatment for your neuropathy. You will need to provide detailed physician notes that specify your limitations, treatments, restrictions, and prognosis. Include a list of your prescription medications and any test or lab results pertaining to your diagnosis of neuropathy.
- Additional Information – You will need to provide other records besides the detailed medical evidence. The SSA must confirm your identity, so they will need a copy of your Social Security card along with a copy of your birth certificate or baptismal record. You should provide Disability Determination Services with a summary of your past employers, your job roles, and your duties. You should also include a copy of your most recent W-2 form, or if self-employed, tax return. Detail your transferrable skills from work and your educational history. They need all the documentation you can provide to confirm your condition and how it affects you. Disability Determination Services will need to see that you cannot return to your former work roles, and they must confirm you are unable to perform any available jobs in the workforce.
Using A Disability Attorney For Your Claim
Since most disability claims are denied on the first time being reviewed, a disability attorney’s help can be very beneficial. Your lawyer will help you with the application process, getting the documents in order and guiding you each step of the way. If your claim is denied, the lawyer will be able to file an appeal and help you get your case on track. Documentation is the key to having a claim that is successful. When you enlist the help of a Social Security attorney, you will not have to pay anything out of pocket. Disability lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means they are only paid when your claim has been won and you are awarded your backpay. If you are unable to work because of neuropathy, get your free case evaluation today so you can make sure your disability claim gets underway as it should.