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What New York Residents Should Know about SSDI Eligibility

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

New York residents may qualify for medical SSDI eligibility depending on several factors. To learn if you are eligible, it is best to speak with a knowledgeable New York Social Security disability lawyer.

The process of applying for disability benefits can be very time-consuming and complicated. Not only do you have to prove that your medical condition qualifies but you must also be able to demonstrate that it is severe enough that you are no longer able to work or function on a normal daily basis.

Many claims that are submitted are initially denied. This results in appealing your case through a hearing, which only further drags things out. This is also why you should seek legal help, as a lawyer can help you navigate this complex area of law and improve your chances at being accepted the first time you apply.

Medical Conditions That May Qualify for SSDI Eligibility

Medical disorders are broken down into categories and from there certain medical conditions may fall under these disorders which could potentially qualify an individual for SSDI.

Some of the various types of medical conditions that may qualify for SSDI include: 

  • lupus;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • heart failure;
  • Crohn's disease;
  • diabetes;
  • kidney failure;
  • bipolar disorder;
  • degenerative disc disease;
  • rheumatoid arthritis;
  • mesothelioma;
  • breast cancer;
  • vision loss;
  • stroke; and
  • traumatic brain injury. 

Just being diagnosed with one of these or any other medical condition does not automatically qualify an individual for disability benefits. There will be medical evidence required that demonstrates that your condition has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months, or it must be demonstrated that it's expected to end in death.

Medical evidence includes documentation from certain medical sources such as a licensed physician, psychologist, optometrist, podiatrist, or speech-language pathologist. Additionally, medical reports will be required which could include the diagnosis, clinical and/or laboratory findings, treatment plan, and activities the individual can still perform.

How a New York Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help

You should speak with a New York Social Security disability lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you better understand SSDI eligibility and what steps you can take to improve the chances at a favorable outcome.

If you have been denied disability benefits, then you should enlist the help of an experienced lawyer who will not only explain the process of appealing your claim but help you in completing and filing all of the necessary paperwork.

Contacting a New York Social Security Disability Lawyer 

Before you file your Social Security disability claim, be sure to take advantage of this free consumer's guide: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Social Security Disability Claim. Contact a New York Social Security disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr. or help with building your disability claim at 800-310-5520.