Merck Manual research defines your endocrine system as producing and regulating your body’s hormones. Your hormones help direct and regulate your system with an endocrine or hormone imbalance, creating adverse medical conditions, such as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, stunted growth, and diabetes. When serious enough, endocrine disorders can compromise your overall health.
If the resulting illnesses and diseases prevent you from working, you could be eligible for benefits. If your medical condition is expected to last at least a year or limit your life, you may meet the basic qualifications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Define Your Specific Medical Condition
When your body creates too much or too little hormone production, Social Security Disability (SSD) guidelines cite related ailments that might affect your:
- Thyroid gland
- Adrenal gland
- Pituitary gland
- Hyperglycemia levels
An endocrine imbalance might also lead to Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. When these or other medical conditions caused by an endocrine imbalance compromise your health to the point that you cannot work, SSD benefits might provide medical care and financial support.
If the degree of impairment caused by your current condition does not meet the required criteria, administrators might also evaluate evidence related to a coexisting medical condition. If the combined effects of multiple health care concerns equal the required degree of severity, you might be eligible for disability benefits.
Describe Your Physical Limitations
To measure the toll your health takes on your ability to maintain gainful employment, Social Security Administration (SSA) officials ask a series of questions that help evaluate your need for medical and financial assistance. They may ask questions like:
- Are you working?
- Is your impairment significant?
- Is your condition on Social Security Disability’s Listing of Impairments?
- Can you do the job you used to do?
- Can you do another job?
If you work but earn less than $1,310 a month (effective January 2021), or if your disability limits your ability to perform simple movements or tasks, you might be considered disabled. Other qualifications include finding your condition on the Social Security Disability list and being unable to do your previous job or a different job.
Compile the Required Documentation
It might be difficult to compile the plethora of documents your application demands while seeking medical care and following your treatment plan. SSA representatives may ask for information about you, your medical condition, and your employment history.
- Information about you may include your name, date of birth, Social Security number, and the same information about your spouse and children. You may also need to supply routing information for your bank.
- Information about your medical condition might include contact information for every medical professional from whom you receive treatment. You may also be asked for details on the severity of your condition, your required medications, your treatment plans, and the expected duration of your disability.
- Information about your employment might involve your previous year’s employer and income. You may also be asked for your military records if you served before 1968 and information on the type of work you did during the previous 15 years.
Compiling this information on your own can be challenging. A local disability lawyer could help you submit a complete application for all qualifying disability programs.
Know Which Program Applies to You
Social Security Disability programs award benefits to individuals with disabilities. Your lawyer might be able to help you understand which program to apply for or whether you might qualify for concurrent coverage for both programs.
- Apply for SSDI if you worked enough hours in the recent past and contributed to the Social Security program while working.
- Apply for SSI if you do not qualify for SSDI benefits but are disabled and can demonstrate a lack of income and resources.
While each program provides health care, each also calculates your potential monthly financial benefits differently. In addition, certain disabled individuals might qualify for both programs simultaneously. Your lawyer may help you determine your eligibility and apply for all the programs you are eligible for.
We Can Help You Navigate the Application Process
If you suffer from hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, or any other endocrine-related medical condition severe enough to negatively impact your personal and professional life, you might be eligible for SSD benefits.
Find out which endocrine disorders qualify for disability benefits and what proof might be required to establish the severity of your current condition. Contact the client support team at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, by calling (828) 286-3866 today.