If you suffer from Cognitive Dysfunction you may qualify for disability benefits
Cognitive dysfunction is a complication that can result from many different medical or mental conditions. Because of the wide variety of factors and causes, it can be difficult to recognize and treat an individual for cognitive dysfunction or cognitive impairment. This makes it even more difficult to function with the impairment, which can be highly challenging in its own right. If you experience severe cognitive dysfunction that is preventing you from maintaining employment, you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are paid to disabled workers who can no longer work due to a disability expected to last at least 12 months, or result in death.
These monetary payments can make a dramatic impact on your financial situation. When your disability prevents you from working like you used to, and results in high medical bills, making ends meet can be very difficult and life even more challenging. SSD benefits are designed to alleviate some of that financial stress that is caused by your disabling condition.
When Does Cognitive Dysfunction Qualify for SSD?
Cognitive dysfunctions take many forms, and can be related to a multitude of other conditions, such as depression, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and memory disorders. Some of these related conditions are severe enough to be considered disabilities, qualifying you for benefits if you can prove you have certain symptoms and complications.
You may also qualify for SSD benefits if your cognitive dysfunction or impairment is caused by an organic mental disorder.
These disorders cause psychological or behavioral abnormalities due to brain dysfunction, and often lead to cognitive dysfunction. Your organic mental disorder may be automatically considered a disability by the Social Security Administration, if you can meet the criteria listed for the disorder. To qualify under the organic mental disorder listing, you will need to prove through medical evidence that you experience certain symptoms and complications due to the disorder.
If you have been denied disability for Cognitive Dysfunction or Cognitive Impairment you may still qualify for benefits. Don’t give up! Contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney at 512-454-4000
If your cognitive dysfunction does not meet the requirements for the organic mental disorder listing, you may still qualify to receive SSD benefits due to your inability to work.
Many cognitive dysfunctions can seriously impact your ability to work or function during daily activities. If that is the case, your condition could be deemed a disability, qualifying you to receive SSD benefits. An experienced disability lawyer can help you present your case to the SSA.
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability, you will need to satisfy a few specific requirements in two categories as determined by the Social Security Administration.
The first category is the Work Requirements which has two tests.
- The Duration of Work test. Whether you have worked long enough to be covered under SSDI.
- The Current Work Test. Whether you worked recently enough for the work to actually count toward coverage.
The second category is the Medical Eligibility Requirement.
- Are you working? Your disability must be “total”.
- Is your medical condition severe? Your disability must be “severe” enough to interfere with your ability to perform basic work-related activities, such as walking, sitting, and remembering.
- Is your medical condition on the List of Impairments? The SSA has a “List of Impairments” that automatically qualify as “severe” disabilities. If your condition is not listed this does not mean you cannot get disability, it means you must prove you cannot maintain employment due to your limitations.
- Can you do the work you did before? SSDI rules look at whether your medical condition prevents you from doing the work you did prior to developing the condition.
- Can you do any other type of work? If you cannot do your prior work, an evaluation is made as to whether you can perform any other kind of work.