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What Does Medical Equivalence Mean?

If you're applying for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, you need to prove you have a medical condition that is serious enough to qualify you for benefits. The Social Security Administration has a list of disabling conditions that are usually severe enough to make those afflicted with the ailments eligible to receive Social Security Disability income. However, the Social Security Administration did not necessarily include every single possible disabling condition on it's list. 

If your condition is not on the SSA's list, which is called the Blue Book or the Listing of Impairments, this does not mean that you definitely won't get benefits. You could still have a chance if you can prove medical equivalence. 

​What Does Proving Medical Equivalence Mean

​If your condition isn't listed but you still want to try for Social Security Disability income, proving medical equivalence to the SSA will be necessary. Medical equivalence means your condition is just as severe -- and has just as much of a profound impact on your life -- as a condition that is listed in the Blue Book. 

You will need detailed medical evidence and documentation of how the symptoms impact your life in order to be able to prove medical equivalent. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to gather evidence and make the most compelling case possible that your ailments are medically equivalent in severity to those listed conditions that entitled sufferers to benefits.  

If your initial claim is denied, we can also help you with the appeals process so you can still try to get the income you need to support yourself and your loved ones. Give us a call today to learn more. 

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Sunday, 22 April 2018