Social Security Disability for Edema, or Swollen Legs, in Detroit
How to Get SSD Benefits for Edema or an Underlying Medical Condition
Pain and swelling from edema can make it hard to get comfortable, perform daily tasks or sleep. When symptoms are severe, edema can prevent you from doing your job. That puts you in the awful position of worrying about your finances AND your health.
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can help. They provide income assistance, so you have a measure of self-sufficiency and basic comforts when your paychecks stop.
If the swelling in your legs or other extremities significantly limits your ability to do work-related activities, such as lifting, standing, walking, sitting, or remembering—for at least 12 months, you may qualify for disability benefits.
This is true for edema itself and in cases where edema is a symptom of another medical condition.
The problem is, applying for SSD benefits isn’t easy and most applications are denied.
Your chances of success can be higher if you work with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer in Detroit. Having skilled representation could make all the difference in winning disability benefits and the financial stability to focus on your health.
Levine Benjamin Law Firm has helped thousands of people from Toledo to Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and everywhere in Michigan.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.
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How to Prove Your Disability Claim for Edema or Its Underlying Cause
While edema itself can qualify for disability benefits, it’s most often a symptom of another condition—and that condition would be the main basis for your disability claim.
According to the Mayo Clinic, edema can be a symptom of heart failure, cirrhosis, kidney damage or disease, or any number of other conditions.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) official listing of impairments that qualify for disability benefits links edema to heart and circulation disorders. (But you can also qualify with impairments not on the list.)
Whether edema is your primary condition or it’s caused by something else, Social Security looks at how it limits your daily life.
For the government to decide you have a “disabling condition” that qualifies you for benefits all of the following must be true:
- You can’t work to a substantial degree because of your medical condition.
- That includes doing your previous work or adjusting to other work.
- Your condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year—or it will last until death.
It’s not enough for your doctor to say you have a disabling condition, you’ll need medical evidence to support your claim.
To prove your symptoms are severe enough to prevent you from working, Social Security will require documented evidence including, but not limited to:
- Hospital visit logs
- Medical testing and results
- Your diagnosis
- Treatment history
- Prescription history
- A physician statement about your condition and limitations
Gathering the evidence on your own can be exhausting and time consuming, but this is another burden that an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can take off your shoulders.
The disability attorneys at the Levine Benjamin Law Firm know the local hospitals and clinics, and they are ready to assist with obtaining and compiling the written record you’ll need to prove your disability claim for edema.
You can start with a FREE conversation about what your case may take.
Helping You Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Edema in Michigan or Ohio
Social Security Disability benefits are made for people in your position. The monthly checks can provide lifesaving financial security while you focus on what’s most important right now: your health.
Disability benefits also give you access to Medicare, so you can afford the all-important health care that you need.
At the Levine Benjamin Law Firm, we’ve been helping people get the disability benefits they need since 1964.
We understand what you’re going through, and most importantly, how to build your disability claim with a condition like edema and other medical impairments that relate to it.
And if you’re denied benefits, we can analyze what went wrong and create a plan to appeal and reverse the decision.
In Detroit, or anywhere in Michigan or Ohio, give us a call today to start getting your life back on track.