Unlisted Disability: Can I Still Qualify for Benefits?

If you cannot find your disability in the Social Security Administration’s “medical listing of impairments,” you may wonder what your options are. The good news is that you may still qualify for disability benefits. The idea that only listed conditions are eligible is a common misconception. If you can demonstrate that your disability, listed or not, severely limits your ability to work and earn money, you may qualify for benefits. The experienced attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group can help you if you have an unlisted disability.

Does Having an Unlisted Disability Hurt My Chances?

Having an unlisted disability does not automatically disqualify you from receiving benefits. However, it can make your case more difficult. Many unlisted conditions are difficult to specifically diagnose and document. Because of this, you may need to work harder to prove that your unlisted disability is severe enough. The most important thing you can do is work closely with your doctor to outline how your disability affects you.

  • The Process of Elimination Method

One effective method for documenting an unlisted disability is a type of “process of elimination.” By proving that you do not have listed conditions with similar symptoms to yours, you can show that your disability is just as severe and limiting as those which automatically qualify. Work with your doctor to receive the proper tests and screenings to rule out these listed disabilities.

  • Attention to Detail

Personal records are also essential. Be sure to keep track of how your condition affects you on a daily basis. Be specific and consistent in your record-keeping, so that you can demonstrate how your unlisted disability keeps you from working and earning money.

Disability Lawyers in Utah

Keeping these tips in mind can be very helpful in winning an unlisted disability claim. However, the most helpful thing you can do for your case is hire an experienced disability lawyer. A lawyer can help you navigate the complex and often confusing waters of disability law.

At Summit Disability Law Group, we regularly help clients win disability benefits. We recognize how difficult it is to live with a disability, and have dedicated our practice to helping people get these much-needed benefits. Please contact us today if you have any questions. If you would like to learn more about disability claims in Utah, you can order an absolutely free copy of our book, The Utah Social Security Disability Handbook.


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