Can You Qualify for Social Security Disability with a Congenital Disorder

Congenital disorders can be very serious medical conditions that can last for the long term. Many of these conditions make it impossible to work, which means that you may be eligible to receive disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration offers benefits through Supplemental Security Income, and Social Security Disability Insurance. To qualify for either benefits program on the basis of a congenital disorder, you’ll have to show you have a condition that prevents you from working at any job for which you’re qualified.

A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will help you to prove your congenital disorder should entitle you to benefits.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability With a Congenital Disorder

Qualifying for disability benefits requires you to prove you have a condition on Social Security’s listing of impairments, and associated symptoms with that condition — or to prove you have a condition that is medically equivalent in severity.

The listing of impairments is informally called the “blue book” and it is divided into different sections. Congenital disorders affecting multiple body systems are included in section 10.00 of the blue book. Non-mosaic Down syndrome is the primary condition listed within this section of the blue book. If you have this condition and you can meet the specific criteria mentioned within section 10.00, you should be able to qualify for disability income provided that you can provide medical proof of your ailment and your limitations. 

If you have a different congenital disorder that is not listed, you will need to prove it is medically equivalent in severity. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney will help you to make your claim and prove why your condition is severe enough to qualify you for benefits.