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How to Get Financial Relief when You Can’t Work

You used to be able to work and earn the money you need to pay your expenses. Then health problems got in the way.

Now you can’t work, and it’s not because you don’t want to. Without paychecks, your life falls into chaos.

Here’s a way you can get back to steadier ground and ease your anxiety: Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

But you wonder whether your particular medical condition qualifies for benefits.

The most important factor with SSD is that your health problems are bad enough to prevent you from working—no matter what kind of impairment you have. It can be physical, mental or both.

But you have to prove you can’t work. That’s not always easy. Most people are initially denied.

Get someone experienced with Social Security to help with your claim. You can get help in Charleston, Columbia or anywhere in South Carolina from The Robertson Wendt Disability — Finkel Law Firm LLC.

Robertson Wendt is one of the most experienced disability attorneys in the state. He’s one of only a few who have board certification in disability law.

Get started claiming your monthly checks and Medicare eligibility by contacting us today.

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Does My Condition Qualify for Social Security Disability?

When you worked for years, you earned credits that make you eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits if you can’t work anymore because of your health. So disability benefits are a form of insurance that you paid for.

Social Security keeps a list of impairments that can qualify you for benefits, including guidelines for how to qualify with each medical condition.

These are some common conditions we see people winning benefits for:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Back pain
  • Cancer
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart failure
  • Lupus
  • Mental illness
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Ulcerative colitis

If your diagnosis isn’t on this list or Social Security’s bigger list, however, it doesn’t mean you can’t get benefits.

You’ll need to show how your specific symptoms limit your daily life and make working impossible. You could show that your health conditions are similar to impairments on Social Security’s list. You could also show that a combination of different conditions is what rules out going back to work.

Our attorneys can look at your situation, listen to you and give you an idea of what your case will require—at no cost to you.

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How Do I Prove I Can’t Work?

Providing records of the treatment you’ve received for the condition or set of conditions that you have is a key part of winning disability benefits.

These are the kinds of medical evidence you can submit with your disability claim:

  • Records of doctor visits
  • Results from medical tests
  • Documents showing your treatment plans
  • Records of hospitalization
  • Lists of prescription medication
  • Reports on how your condition responded to treatment
  • Reports from your doctor
  • Reports from your psychologist or psychiatrist

You can also gather statements from family members, friends and other people who personally know you about the ways your health problems limit your activities.

Your attorney can take care of tracking down, organizing and presenting to Social Security all the evidence you need to show that you deserve disability benefits.

Experienced lawyers like the ones at our firm know how to argue to Social Security that you meet its three main requirements for disability: You can’t continue in your past work. You can’t switch to a new type of work. You won’t be able to work for at least a year.

You’re not feeling your best. You’re under stress. Let us handle the disability application process, so you can rest.

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