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What medical conditions qualify for disability benefits?

Disabilities can come in many different forms. While some disabilities are physically apparent, requiring the use of a wheelchair or walking aids, others are not so obvious but are equally debilitating. It is important that all those who suffer from disabilities are able to get the benefits that they deserve.

It is common for people to fail to get the benefits that they are entitled to because they do not fully understand the law. This is why you should take the time to learn about how disability benefits are awarded in Missouri, and what medical conditions qualify.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines eligible medical conditions

The SSA has a comprehensive list of all medical conditions that count as disabling conditions that are eligible for disability claims. This book is known as the Listing of Medical Impairments or "the blue book". It involves the use of highly specific medical terminology; therefore, you may want to ask your medical provider for help interpreting whether your medical conditions qualify.

Will I be eligible for disability benefits if my condition is not on the list?

You may still qualify for disability benefits if your medical condition is not listed in the blue book. However, your condition must be supported by medical reports. Assessments will be made regarding your capacity to carry out different tasks, and this can help determine your eligibility.

If you are struggling to gain the disability benefits that you deserve in Missouri, it is important that you speak to your medical providers about this. In addition, an experienced attorney can help you file for benefits, especially if you have to appeal a denial.

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