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I can't work, but how do I know if I qualify for disability?

Mississippi individuals who struggle with a disabling medical condition may not look like they are affected by a serious illness or issue, but in reality, they may be physically or mentally unable to hold gainful employment. People who are not able to meet the requirements of steady employment often find that they are also facing serious financial concerns. These individuals may be eligible for certain types of financial support.

Disabled individuals could have a rightful claim to financial benefits through the Social Security Administration, but the requirements are strict, and the process is complex. If you are unable to work because you are sick or injured, you may find it useful to learn if you qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

What kind of condition do you have?

Not all medical conditions qualify a person for disability benefits. The SSA only considers certain types of illnesses as a qualification for disability benefits. The list of conditions and issues that may make you eligible for this type of financial support include:

  • Respiratory issues, such as asthma or cystic fibrosis
  • Back problems and other musculoskeletal disorders
  • Speech issues and disorders related to sensory function
  • Neurological problems, such as cerebral palsy and Parkinson's disease
  • AIDS/HIV or other problems with the immune system
  • Depression, anxiety and other mental issues and disorders
  • Disorders that affect digestive function

You may be wondering what you can do if your condition is not on this list of medical conditions. There is still the chance that you could qualify for benefits as long as you meet certain criteria. In order to prove that you are a disabled individual, you must have documentation of your medical treatment proving that your condition limits your physical abilities to meet the requirements of your job.

Completing a claim and including the necessary documentation is difficult, especially when you have a condition not on the list of qualifying impairments. No matter the details of your individual situation, you would be wise to learn more about your rights.

Before you submit a claim

The disability claims process is complex, and it is prudent to learn more about what lies ahead before you even begin. As a disabled individual, you have the right to seek benefits, as well as the right to seek legal help and guidance as you do so. 

Securing help and seeking an evaluation of your case is a great way to learn more about your entitlements and protecting your personal rights.

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