The Social Security Administration outlines medical conditions that qualify for disability payments. The SSA Bluebook does not include scoliosis, but it still is a qualifying condition that individuals in Indiana can list on their application. Scoliosis commonly causes symptoms severe enough to keep an applicant from working. It would fall under the category Musculoskeletal System-Adult if it were included in the Bluebook.
Criteria for benefit qualification
Getting diagnosed doesn’t mean that an applicant qualifies for disability payments. Qualifying conditions also take into account how much the condition restricts the person to work at their previous capacity. Otherwise, they have to prove nerve root damage.
An applicant can give proof through their work history, type of work and medical history. When the applicant does not fit the qualification for the listed impairments, it has to be determined if they can still do their current job to full capacity or another job.
Meeting the scoliosis requirement
Medical records tend to influence whether a claimant qualifies for SSD with their treatment notes and statements. This information should come from a doctor who had treated their condition in the past. The records will also need to include image studies, results of independent exams, lab work and discharges from medical facilities.
Decisions will also be made based on vocational record. The criteria include the physical demands of the job and whether the claimant can work another job or return to a previous job. A disability examiner initially makes a decision based on the information, but the case still has to be decided by a judge.
Some cases do not get approved because the SSDA did not seek medical records. The second reason for denials happens when the disability examiner makes a decision without seeing the applicant. However, they may ask the claimant for information.
Scoliosis can cause limited mobility, but a claimant has to prove that the condition limits them. If an applicant feels that they have been unfairly denied SSD benefits, an attorney may be able to help them prove their case.