Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) provides income for Florida residents who have been diagnosed with certain medical ailments or who have suffered certain injuries. SSDI provides valuable income for people who are unable to work.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has created a list of ailments that automatically qualify a person for SSDI. This list includes neurological disorders, cardiovascular conditions, speech issues, blood disorders and other illnesses and injuries. But, having a qualifying disorder does not mean a person will automatically receive SSDI benefits.
Before people can receive benefits, they must prove that they have one of the qualifying medical conditions. In order to prove people have these injuries, medical evidence must be given to the SSA. These medical records have to be kept current, and go back to when the disabling injury occurred. They must also show that the injury or medical condition prevents a person from performing their typical work-related tasks.
There are many types of medical information that may be needed for a person to be approved for SSDI. These can include mental health records, x-rays and blood work results. A physical examination may also be required, in addition to records from major medical procedures, including MRI results and CAT scan results. Treatment notes and other doctor reports might also be requested.
By submitting this documentation, people may be able to show that they have a qualifying medical condition and are eligible for SSDI. Additionally, people can, under certain circumstances, qualify for SSDI for injuries that are not on the qualifying SSD benefits list. In these cases, addition criteria and documentation may be necessary to get approval for SSDI by the SSA.
Source: FindLaw, "Medical Conditions that Qualify You for Disability Claims," accessed Aug. 3, 2014