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How to prove your disability

Being defined as suffering from a disability is a very broad term. It can mean that you are either physically or mentally impaired to the point that you are unable to carry out some essential daily activities. If you are struggling to work because of your disability, it is likely that you will want to make a claim for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, in order to do this successfully, you will have to be able to prove your disability.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a full list of recognized disabilities that are regarded as being eligible for SSI benefits. These include senses and speech issues, heart and cardiovascular conditions, immune disorders, blood disorders and musculoskeletal problems.

I consider myself disabled, but can't find my condition on the SSA list. What can I do?

You should not worry if you cannot find your specific disability or illness on the SSA recognized disabilities list. You may still be eligible for SSI benefits through other criteria. One criteria is that your condition must be something that is recognized by medical professionals. It should also be an illness that limits your capacity for carrying out efficient work.

What evidence do I need to prove my disability?

In order to prove your disability, and therefore, gain SSI benefits, you will need medical evidence. This could be a copy of an X-ray, mental health notes from your doctor, an MRI test or CAT scan or a doctor's report.

If you are struggling to apply successfully for SSI benefits and to prove your disability, it is important to look into your application and understand why it was rejected.

Source: FindLaw, "Medical Conditions that Qualify You for Disability Claims," accessed Jan. 12, 2018

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