Social Security Disability Conditions
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD)
Is a payroll-funded program to supplement the income of those unable to work due to disability.
General Qualifications for SSD Eligibility
For you to be eligible for SSD, your disability must last for at least a year or be terminal. You must also be under age 65 to be eligible, as 65 is normally the age of Medicare eligibility.
To be eligible for SSD, you must have accumulated a prescribed number of Social Security credits (normally accumulated through work experience and payment into Social Security) during the 10 years immediately preceding disability. Requirements vary according to age, and if you suffer disability before age 23 you may be able to draw on your parents’ Social Security credits without affecting your parents’ eligibility for SSD.
Burns and SSD
If you meet the general qualifications for SSD eligibility and burns make it impossible for you to engage in substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for SSD benefits based on your disability.
Because burns frequently affect other body systems, the Social Security Administration evaluates burns in the same way it evaluates other disorders affecting the skin and other body systems. This evaluation is based on the predominant feature of your impairment. If your burns, for example, primarily affect your musculoskeletal, respiratory, or neurological system, SSD evaluation will be made based on that predominant feature of your impairment.
However, if your burns do not meet SSD requirements under that category but you have extensive skin lesions that have lasted or can be expected to last at least one year, your burns will be evaluated on their own basis.
Assessment of your condition is generally based on the severity and extent of your skin lesions, the extent of your treatment, and an evaluation of how your symptoms, pain, and treatment limit your ability to work.
Normally, you will need to provide information about the onset, duration, and prognosis of your condition. You may need to provide information about your ability to function outside of a highly protective environment. You will also need to submit laboratory results or evidence from other medically acceptable methods to confirm that you have a disabling condition.
For further information about disability conditions relating to burns and other skin disorders, click here.
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