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Lymphedema patients may be eligible to collect Social Security

California residents who suffer from lymphedema may discover that filing for Social Security Disability Income could be a challenge since the ailment is not listed in the Social Security Administration Blue Book as a specific malady. However, those who are afflicted with lymphedema and similar diseases could possibly be able to collect SSDI.

The symptoms of lymphedema may mirror those of other disorders, such as impaired blood vessels in the legs, that can make walking painful and uncomfortable. If the lymphedema affects the upper extremities, it could mirror a musculoskeletal ailment, possibly increasing an individual’s chances of collecting SSDI. Because of the blur in symptoms, applicants may ultimately be able to obtain their benefit under a similar disability that is listed in the Social Security Administration Blue Book.

In order to determine eligibility for SSD benefits, those who apply will most likely need to substantiate medical requirements including hospital stays, medications, lab work and their employment records. However, there is no guarantee that applicants will be deemed eligible to receive benefits based on those records alone. An applicant’s physician may need to provide additional proof of an individual’s inability to work, which may include records of illness or injury.

Those who are considering applying for SSDI benefits or supplemental security income may find themselves overwhelmed and confused by federal regulations required to start the process. Even those who have begun to apply may feel as if they need some guidance, especially if they are struggling with financial difficulties while attempting to maneuver through a complex system. Those who have been denied Social Security benefits may feel they have run out of options. A disability lawyer may be able to help applicants navigate the process, decrease the likelihood of denial and provide competent representation at a disability hearing.

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