Mark Perenich knows all too well how difficult it can be to receive SSDI Social Security Disability Benefits.  It can be confusing can frustrating for anyone. That’s why Mark has hired group of professionals to help you with you claim.

Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits are usually needed after being off work due to a of an injury.  After an injury, a person is often times less employable and is also overlooked by employers who also have able interviewee for the job.

If you take one thing from my website, it should be this: DO not attempt to appear at your Social Security Disability hearing by yourself. Believe me, you will need a professional to help you convince the Judge that you are in entitled to SSDI benefits. And we are here to do that for you! If you or a loved one needs any help attaining social security disability benefits, call us today at 727-386-9677 for a free case consultation! 24/7 a REAL Employee is standing by to answer your call.

I have compiled a list answers to commonly asked questions most people ask me when applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

Q: Do I need an attorney to help me obtain social security disability benefits?

  • The truth is that an attorney is most valuable at the hearing stage. An attorney will be able to review the medical records and present your claim to the Judge in a light most favorable to your best interests so that you will qualify for security disability benefits.

Q: Exactly how disabled do I need to be in before I am eligible to received social security disability benefits?

  • By law, Social Security has a very stringent definition of what a “disability” is.  In order for a court to consider you disabled:
    • You must be unable to do any substantial work because of your medical condition(s); and
    • Your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year, or be expected to result in your death.

Q: What if I have been found disabled by my disability insurance carrier, am I automatically permitted to receive social security disability benefits?

  • No. Because Social Security disability laws are different from other programs that you might be familiar with. For example, Social Security does not pay benefits for partial disability like say workers compensation.

Q: What if my doctor says I am disabled, is that sufficient for me to receive social security disability benefits?

  • No. You cannot simply get disability benefits  because your doctor said you are disabled.

Q: How long does it take the court to make a decision?

  • It normally takes anywhere from 3 to 5 months for Social Security to make an initial decision. It depends on how much time it takes to get your medical records and any other evidence required to make a judgment. However, if your claim is denied and requires a hearing, it on average, takes anywhere from 18 months to 2 years to get a hearing date in most circumstances.

Q: How does social security decide if you are entitled to social security disability benefits?

  • The Social Security department will send your application to a specific state agency that makes these types of disability decisions. The state of Florida has medical and vocational experts who will contact all of your doctors along with any other place you have been treated to get your medical records. In some cases the state agency may ask for you to have an examination or medical test. Please note that you will NOT be required to pay for any examination or test. If the state does request an examination, it is imperative that you keep the appointment.

What Conditions Can Qualify a Person for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Some conditions that may qualify for SSD benefits (as long as the other prongs of the test are met) include:

  • Endocrine related problems including diabetes (type I diabetes, type II diabetes), diabetic peripheral neuropathy,  diabetes related kidney nephropathy, diabetic retinopathy, thyroid problems including hypothyroid disorder, hyperthyroid disorder.
  • Musculoskeletal problems including fractures, poorly healed bone breaks, soft tissue injuries, spinal arachnoiditis, arthritis,  rheumatoid arthritis, hip, neck, osteoarthrtis, shoulder, ankle, wrist, back, or other joint problems, disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, RSI or repetitive stress injury.
  • Mental conditions, mental illness, and mental disorders including borderline intellectual functioning, low IQ, mental retardation, learning disability, personality disorder, schizo-affective disorder, schizophrenia, somatoform disorder, autism, asperger’s syndrome, down syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), memory loss, nerves
  • Conditions for which the etiology is unclear such as fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic fatigue
  • Cardiovascular related conditions such as heart attack (heart attacks are gauged according to how they resolve three months post), arrhythmia (including tachycardia, bradycardia and murmur), ischemic coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure (termed by social security as “chronic” heart failure), cardio hypertrophy (enlargement of the heart), cardiomyopathy, heart valve disease, congenital heart defect, blocked artery, cyanosis, syncope, peripheral artery disease (a.k.a peripheral vascular disease), chest pain (angina), cardiovascular disease related to high blood pressure, chronic venous insufficiency, aortic aneurysm (possibly involving renal kidney failure)
  • Autoimmune disorders including MS (multiple sclerosis), autoimmune hepatitis, type I diabetes (an autoimmune condition), ankylosing spondylosis, coeliac disease, endometriosis, Addisons disease, grave’s disease, narcolepsy, lupus, interstitial cystitis, sjogren’s syndrome, vasculitis, vitiligo, wegner’s granulomatosis, polymyositis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
  • Neurological conditions such as stroke, coordination, strength, and speech deficits resulting from strokes, epilepsy a.k.a. seizure disorder (including petite mal seizures and grand mal seizures), Lyme disease, TBI or traumatic brain injury, brain tumor, cerebral palsy, Parkinsons disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease), myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral trauma (head injury), migraines, cluster headaches
  • Digestive system impairments including Wilsons disease, GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease), peptic ulcer, esophageal varices, ascites, ulcerative colitis, regional enteritis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, liver disease, pancreatitis, crohn’s disease.
  • Genito-urinary impairments such as kidney disease, kidney problems, dialysis, kidney transplant, nephritic syndrome, ESRD or end stage renal disease.
  • Mood related disorders including bipolar disorder (previously known as manic depression and termed by the social security administration as bipolar syndrome, a subset of mood disorders) and depression in all its various forms, such as mild depression, major depression, and dysthymia.
  • Respiratory impairments including COPD, emphysema, asthma and asthma attacks, bronchitis, pneumothorax, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary vasculitis, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, cor pulmonale, pneumoconiosis, bronchiectasis, pneumonia, sarcoidosis
  • Anxiety related disorders including PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and panic attacks.
  • Vision related problems such as low vision, poor peripheral vision (contraction of peripheral fields), decreased visual acuity, macular degeneration, statutory blindness, loss of visual efficiency, and diabetic retinopathy
  • Hearing and speech impairments including hearing not restorable by a hearing aid, inner ear problems (vertigo, Menieres disease), and loss of speech.
  • Neoplastic disorders such as cancer of the throat, cancer of the larynx, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, skin cancer, cancer of the thyroid, Hodgkins disease, sarcoma, malignant melanoma, lung cancer, cancer of the stomach or esophagus, prostate cancer, intestinal cancer, bladder cancer, ovarian cancer, testicular and uterine cancer.
  • Hemic and lymphatic problems including lymphedema, chronic anemia, sickle cell disease, polycythemia, lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, aplastic anemia
  • Skin disorders such as exfoliative dermatitis, hidradentitis supparativa, psoriasis, exema, and pemphigus
  • HIV and AIDES