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ALS will I be approved for disability?

Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “I have been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). I have heard that getting Social Security Disability Insurance is tough. I was wondering if there are any conditions which are immediately approved and if so, will I be automatically awarded SSDI?”

Getting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)

To be approved for SSDI benefits claimants must meet both medical and nonmedical requirements, which means that some claimants may be severely disabled but still be denied SSDI benefits if they do not meet the nonmedical requirements. Let’s review both medical and nonmedical requirements and take a closer look at your disability for more information. Nonmedical requirements for SSDI You did not provide any detailed information about your work history, but the first thing the SSA will review is whether or not you have sufficient work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits. Specifically, whether you have consistently worked and paid employment taxes. If yes, then you are considered insured, much like your car is insured if you pay your car insurance premiums. The SSA will also review whether you are currently working and making too much money to be considered disabled. This could be especially tricky for you. ALS is a degenerative disease. You did not mention anything about your current condition but if you were just diagnosed it’s likely that you are still working or have some capability to work. If you are working too much and making too much money the SSA will deny your case, regardless of your diagnosis.

Medical criteria for Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)

With all of that said, however, there are several conditions which are considered automatically disabling. In fact, the SSA has developed a listing, referred to as the Compassionate Allowance List, that contains 200 conditions that the SSA considers so severe that a diagnosis from the doctor is all that is needed for the claimant to be considered disabled. Conditions on the list include: What if my condition is not on the Compassionate Allowance List? Although Lou Gehrig’s Disease is on the Compassionate Allowance List and you will be immediately approved if you are not working and you are insured, there are many conditions which are not. If you have a condition that is not on the Compassionate Allowance List, however, this does not mean you will not be approved for SSDI benefits. In fact, there is another list referred to as the SSA Listing of Impairments which also contains conditions and their corresponding symptoms that can also be considered automatically disabling, although the SSA will need medical evidence to support the doctor’s diagnosis. What do I do now that I have been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease? Now that you have a diagnosis for Lou Gehrig’s Disease it’s time to make some decisions. If you have sufficient work credits, you are insured for SSDI, and you are no longer able to work, you can immediately apply for SSDI benefits. Recent blogs: