Should I Wait to Apply for Social Security Benefits if My Medical Condition Does Not Quite Meet the Social Security Administration Criteria?

As you read through this website and the criteria for obtaining Social Security benefits for your medical condition, you may notice that your specific condition or disease requires documentation of your condition or for specific events to occur prior to receiving Social Security disability benefits. For instance, for some blood diseases the SSA requires a specific number of blood transfusions within a six month period prior to the granting of disability benefits.Man sitting on rock at beach. Contact the Cochran Firm for assistance in filing or appealing Social Security disability benefits.

The question is, "Should I wait to apply until I meet each condition fully?"

 Although the purpose of this website is not to provide legal representation or legal advice, the quick answer is "No."

If you feel that your medical condition leaves you incapacitated and unable to work, then you should apply and provide the documentation you already have. There are a couple of reasons for this answer.

  1.  It generally takes several months before the SSA reviews your application. During that time period you may have the other treatments or incidents required to meet the approval. Since about 65% of all claims are initially denied, your first claim will probably be denied too, but you can provide the new supporting documentation with your appeal paperwork. By not waiting to apply you may be several months ahead of the game and quite possibly will receive your benefits sooner.
  2.  Although the SSA may list criteria for your specific illness, you may still qualify for benefits under other criteria not mentioned on this website or listed on the SSA's website. In addition, sometimes different medical conditions may be grouped together to create one very sick person and that grouping would allow you to receive Social Security disability benefits.

If you need assistance in applying, then fill out the form on this page for a FREE case evaluation provided by the Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers, one of the largest law firms in the United States providing help for those applying for Social Security disability benefits. You will not be charged for our efforts to help you obtain Social Security disability benefits unless we win your benefits for you. You have nothing to lose.

I'm Still Not Sure if I Qualify For Social Security Disability

If you are unsure if your injury, illness or pain allows you to qualify for disability insurance, the acclaimed Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers offers you a FREE consultation whereby your claim may be evaluated. If your case is accepted, our experienced Social Security disability lawyers can help you obtain the benefits you deserve through the Disability System. Under the Cochran Firm  Disability Lawyers' Social Security disability program, you will not be charged unless you win your disability benefits.

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Social Security Disability List of Injuries and Illnesses

Musculoskeletal System
(back & joint pain, fractures, injuries, Carpal Tunnel)

Respiratory System
(lung diseases such as asthma, sleep apnea)

Digestive System
(gastrointestinal, liver, bowel, nutrition)

Hematological Disorders
(blood related problems)

Endocrine Disorders
(diabetes, pancreatitis)

Neurological
(brain, stroke, seizures, Parkinson's, head injuries, migraines)

Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
(cancers & tumors)

Special Senses and Speech
(hearing, vision, vertigo)

Cardiovascular System
(heart attacks, chronic heart failure, blood clots)

Genitourinary Impairments
(kidney disease, dialysis)

Skin Disorders
(light sensitivity, burns)

Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
(Down Syndrome)

Mental Disorders
(autism, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and more)

Immune System Disorders
(HIV, lupus, arthritis)