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Houston Social Security Disability | Disabling Diseases

After a determination by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you are not working at a substantial, gainful activity and that your medical condition is “severe,” they will then decide if your condition is a “listed” disabling disease. For Social Security claims, a list of conditions is kept, which if met exactly, will qualify someone for disability. Meeting a listed impairment might sound easy, but in actuality, meeting and proving a listed impairment is quite difficult.

Our Social Security Disability attorneys know that the impairment list is long, complete and a great deal of medical information is needed for SSA to find that your medical condition meets a listing. The list is separated into categories of similar medical conditions but be sure to check all categories before assuming which one is correct for your symptoms.

Our Social Security Disability attorneys will help you assemble the evidence necessary to prove that your condition meets a listed impairment or navigate the next stage of the application process. If your condition does not meet exactly a listed impairment, the SSA will determine if your severe impairment prevents you from performing past work and whether your condition prevents you from adjusting to other work.

Mental Illness

One category of disabling disease on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) list of impairments is “Mental Disorders.” From within that listing there are numerous disorders that if met, will qualify a person for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Included mental disorders are mental retardation, bipolar, organic mental disorders and schizophrenia.

However, due to the complexities diagnosing, observing and quantifying mental disorders, impairments on this list are sometimes more difficult to meet than physical impairments. It is extremely beneficial to have our qualified Social Security Disability lawyers on your side.

Disability examiners are not licensed psychiatrists, so having a knowledgeable attorney fighting to protect your interests may secure a positive determination. Houston social security disability lawyers, Rolnick & Hengst, possesses over 50 years of combined experience in assisting people with Social Security Disability claims.

Spinal Disorders

Disorders of the spine may be among the most painful and debilitating disorders the average person might face in their lifetime. The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) list of impairments contains a category for disorders of the spine, including osteoarthritis, spinal arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis, vertebral fracture and degenerative disc disease.

A consultation with our Houston Social Security Disability lawyers will help determine what documentation is required to meet the specific listing of a spinal disorder. Some conditions require specialized testing and medical notes before qualification. Our attorneys are skilled in Social Security Disability Insurance claims and will review your impairments to ascertain the best way to navigate your claim for benefits.

Chronic liver disease and Hepatitis C

Chronic liver disease and Hepatitis C are included in the government list of impairments for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. The term “liver disease” refers to several specific conditions including, but not limited to Chronic Hepatitis, Alcoholic Liver Disease, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, Wilson’s Disease, and Serum Alpha Antitrypsin Deficiency.

Social Security Disability claims in Houston are best assisted by our qualified Social Security lawyers who help gather the medical records that support the condition as required by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria. Our attorneys are familiar with the list of impairments and will work with your medical professional to fully document each of your conditions to support your claim for benefits.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition characterized by profound fatigue for many months with no apparent underlying illness. Social Security rules require a disability be diagnosed by medical evidence, consisting of medical signs, symptoms and laboratory findings. Due to the difficulty in clinically diagnosing this condition, there is specialized criterion for diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome for the purposes of social security claims for benefits.

Consulting with our qualified Social Security Disability lawyers can prove invaluable in determining all the specific requirements for pursuing disability benefits on the basis of chronic fatigue syndrome. Our Houston Social Security Disability attorneys can walk you and your medical professional through the examples provided by the SSA to prove up a Social Security Disability claim based on chronic fatigue syndrome.

Dystrophy and Pain

Social security claims based on Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome and Chronic Complex Regional Pain Syndrome are problematic because of the difficulty in proving the existence of the disease, and the severity of the symptoms. Lacking a specific test for the syndromes, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims have previously been extremely difficult. In 2003, a Social Security Ruling issued specific guidelines for determining the existence of the syndromes and the impact on function.

If you have been diagnosed with one of these syndromes and wish to pursue a claim for Social Security Disability, our Social Security lawyers will work with your medical professional to help document the criteria for diagnosis established by the Social Security Administration. If you are in the Houston area, attorneys Rolnick & Hengst offers a free consultation to persons interested in pursuing a claim for disability.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease that affects the autoimmune system. Precise diagnosis can be difficult as the various symptoms are not unique to Multiple Sclerosis. To meet the diagnostic criteria for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, our Houston Social Security lawyers will work closely with your medical professional to document the severe impairment with strong medical evidence.

Over its course, Multiple Sclerosis can ravage a person’s central nervous system leaving him unable to perform mundane daily tasks in addition to past work requirements. In filing a claim for disability benefits, it is important for your doctor to accurately document the limitations imposed by the disease on your daily functioning.


Lupus is a debilitating disease included in the list of impairments for the purpose of Social Security Disability claims. Unfortunately, qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits with Lupus can be complicated since the Lupus criteria allows for a wide range of discretion on the part of the disability examiner and judge. Impeccable documentation of symptoms, diagnosis and treatments are required for a successful disability claim based on Lupus.

With the burden of proof on the person seeking the benefits, our skilled Social Security Disability lawyers are needed to establish the validity of your claim pursuant to Social Security regulations. Our attorneys’ familiarity with the required criteria for Lupus is an added benefit that hiring our specialized Social Security attorneys brings in your fight for disability benefits.

Heart Disease

Numerous cardiovascular conditions qualify for disability including Chronic Heart Failure, Ischemic Heart Disease and Recurrent Arrhythmias.

If you are no longer able to work due to heart disease, contact our Houston Social Security attorneys to assist you in qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Our qualified Social Security lawyers at Rolnick & Hengst will put their more than 50 years of combined
experience to work for you.

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