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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) how do I apply for SSDI?

Recently on our disability forum a user asked, “If I have Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) how do I apply for SSDI benefits, and what do I need to prove to win benefits the first time I apply?” Regardless of what type of health condition you have, you will only qualify for SSDI benefits if you meet very specific medical and nonmedical criteria. To meet the nonmedical requirements, for example, you will need to prove you cannot work for at least 12 continuous months, you meet the residency and citizenship requirements, and you have sufficient work credits to be considered insured for SSDI. Medical requirements, however, are much more complicated and more difficult to prove. Before Any further discussion it’s important to understand that the SSA will make their disability determination almost entirely based on your medical records.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and medical evidence

Medical evidence is critical to your case. You must see a doctor and make sure you have sufficient medical evidence to prove your condition will last 12 continuous months, is severe, and either meets a listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments or does not allow you to work your current job or retrain for new work. The easiest way to win benefits is to “meet a listing,” which is simply a list of the most common health conditions and their corresponding symptoms that the SSA considers disabling. SARS in not listed on the Listing of Impairments. In fact, this condition generally would not be considered disabling because it probably will not last 12 continuous months, although it could make some claimants so sick that they might die. At issue, however, is whether or not SARS causes a claimant to become chronically ill from a complication from SARS. For instance, possible complications to the disease include respiratory failure, liver failure, and heart failure. Any of these complications could remain after the claimant recovers from the SARS virus. If this is the case, the claimant would want to review the Listing of Impairments for the proper condition and determine if they either meet or exceed the listing. Remember you must not only be diagnosed with the listed condition, but you must also have symptoms which are as severe as the listed condition. Getting medical evidence and applying for disability If you determine your complications from SARS are disabling and meet a listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments you can file an application with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in person, over the phone, or on line at After you submit your SSDI application it will take the SSA approximately 90 days to review your application and determine if you are disabled. Most claimants are denied benefits the first time they apply. If this happens you may be able to appeal the denial by filing an appeal request within 60 days from the date of the denial letter. Recent articles: Disability overpayments what are my options?