Baltimore Social Security Disability Lawyers: Claims for an “Invisible Condition”October 18, 2016
When an employee is unable to work because of a physical injury like a broken bone, a chronic back condition, or a serious illness like cancer or multiple sclerosis, the condition is obvious. The injury can be seen, and the illness can be verified through medical tests. However, there are some conditions that can be just as debilitating, if not more so, but they do not present themselves with obvious symptoms. Social Security disability refers to these conditions as “invisible diseases” or “invisible conditions.” If you suffer from one of these illnesses, filing a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim can be complicated. But with the help of our Maryland Social Security Disability lawyers, your claim can be approved and you can collect the benefits you deserve.
Types of Invisible Disabilities
- Chronic Pain: This can be caused by a variety of conditions, including back problems, bone disease, and physical injuries. It may not be noticeable to people who do not understand the condition and what it is like to be in pain all the time.
- Chronic Fatigue: This debilitating disability causes an individual to constantly feel tired. It can affect every aspect of a person’s life.
- Mental Illness: There are a wide range of mental illnesses that can be so debilitating that even everyday tasks become almost impossible. Examples include depression, schizophrenia, agoraphobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
- Chronic Dizziness: This is usually associated with inner ear problems and can affect a person’s ability to walk, drive, work, and sleep.
Finding Approval May Be Difficult
In addition to being “invisible,” these types of illnesses can be unpredictable. The condition may not affect the person the same way each day. If the Social Security Administration does not believe that your condition should prevent you from being able to work, they will deny your claim.
There are steps you can take to help your claim be approved. First and foremost, you must seek medical attention for your condition and follow your doctor’s advice. If your condition changes in any way, notify your physician so that he or she can keep an ongoing history of your symptoms. Second, maintain a current list of all medications that you take, including dosage, side effects, and how often you take them. Include any over-the-counter medications, as they can interact with prescription medications. Lastly, if you have discussed your medical condition with your employer, document your meetings. Provide a doctor’s note for any missed days from work. Finally, seek legal counsel from an experienced Social Security disability lawyer who can help you navigate the claims process and collect the benefits you deserve in a timely fashion.
Maryland Social Security Disability Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Help Employees With “Invisible Conditions” Obtain Benefits
If you suffer from an “Invisible Condition” that is preventing you from being able to work, it is in your best interest to contact the Maryland Social Security disability lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton so that we can help you secure the benefits you need. We are on your side and will ensure that your rights are protected throughout the entire claims process. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to assist those who have been denied Social Security benefits throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.