What Must I Prove to Get SSI?

Are you unable to work and in need of financial assistance to pay for the essentials of life? If you have not worked long enough to qualify for assistance benefits through Social Security Disability, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if you are aged 65 or older, blind, or meet the Social Security Administrations criteria for complete disability. In order to begin receiving SSI payments as a blind or disabled adult, there are several things that must be proven. Although the specifications vary according to your specific medical condition, medical evidence and assessments must clearly show the following:

Medically Determinable Impairment

Presence of a Medically Determinable Impairment (MDI) – Medical evidence must show that you exhibit verified signs and/or symptoms of an illness or disease that is recognized as a disabling impairment or condition by the Social Security Administration. X-rays, lab tests, MRIs, CT scans, and other evidence can prove the medical basis for the symptoms you are experiencing that are making it very hard or impossible to work. In some cases, severe medical conditions with verifiable signs and symptoms need not be present in the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments to be considered a MDI.

Credible and Verifiable Medical Records

Credible and Verifiable Medical Records – Your medical records must include several verifiable facts that can prove to the extent of limitations caused by the illness or disease. In addition to medical evidence (imaging, studies, and lab results), these may include recorded evidence of the length of time you have been affected by the condition, symptoms recorded in physician’s notes (such as pain or other symptoms that may reasonably be expected to result in limited physical or mental functioning), the extent, duration, effectiveness, and side effects of treatments provided, and the physician’s professional opinion regarding your ability to function and/or how long any limitations present are expected to last.

Inability to Do Any Type of Work

Inability to Do Any Type of Work – If you have shown that you have a MDI based on medical evidence, a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) assessment will be performed on you. The RFC is a detailed report of your work-related limitations. It may be based on a combination of evidence from your medical records, opinions from medical professionals, your statements, and statements obtained from anyone who knows and interacts with you on a regular basis. Although you have proven that you possess a medical impairment (disability), the purpose of the RFC is to determine whether or not you are, in fact, able to return to your previous employment. If you are determined unable to return to your previous field of work, your ability to perform various levels of work will be analyzed to determine what, if any, level of work you can do. If you are found incapable of performing any type of work on a full-time basis, even the least demanding type of work (sit-down or sedentary work), your claim is likely to be approved.

Even if you are found incapable of performing sedentary work, a vocational expert may testify at your hearing that there are jobs that you can still do!

Expedited SSI Approval For Very Serious Medical Conditions

If you have a very serious medical condition as defined by the Social Security Administration (including certain brain disorders, cancers, and rare medical conditions) based on input from the National Institutes of Health, medical and scientific experts, Social Security and Disability Determination Services personnel, and other authorities, you may be eligible for expedited approval of your claim through Compassionate Allowances (CAL).

Contact the skilled disability attorneys at Isner Law Office for assistance obtaining the SSI benefits you are entitled to receive. Call: 304-636-7681.