Social Security Disability Listing: “Meeting” vs. “Equaling”
The process for applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is often very difficult, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the Social Security system. Many people are unaware of the fact that Social Security maintains a list of qualifying conditions, and if your disability isn’t featured on this list, it can make it hard for you to receive the benefits that you so sorely need.
Fortunately, for people whose condition doesn’t automatically qualify for SSDI, there is the possibility of equaling a listed condition. Read about the difference between meeting vs. equaling a disability listing, and learn how a Southern California Social Security Disability lawyer can help.
About Social Security Disability Listings
Before applying for SSDI, it’s important that you understand more about Social Security’s List of Impairments. Many people assume that if their condition is found on this list, they will automatically qualify for benefits. However, receiving approval is actually a little more complicated.
Once you’ve found your disability on the list of impairments, you will also need to match the criteria for the disability. This is known as “meeting”. For example, if you have a condition like asthma, you must suffer from specific effects, such as needing to visit the hospital a set amount of times in a year. If you don’t meet all of the criteria listed with your disability, you will have to go through a process known as “equaling”.
Equaling a Listed Condition
Equaling a condition mean that you are seeking to prove that your disability is the equivalent of a disability found on the Social Security list of impairments. Generally, there are three different forms of equaling.
The first type of equaling is when your condition is listed but you don’t suffer from the specific criteria. In these circumstances, you would seek to prove that the effects of your disability are equal to the criteria listed by Social Security.
The second form of equaling is when you have a disability that is not listed but your symptoms are similar to a condition that is listed. To receive SSDI with this form of equaling, you will usually need to undergo a medical examination to prove that the effects of your condition are related to a disability on the Social Security list.
Finally, it’s possible that you have multiple conditions that don’t qualify individually but may qualify you for SSDI when combined. If you suffer from multiple minor conditions, you will need to demonstrate that the combined effects of these conditions substantially prevents you from working and should be considered equivalent to more serious listed conditions.
Appealing a Disability Denial
The process of equaling a condition on the List of Impairments is often extremely difficult and may require several appeals before you will be able to receive your SSDI benefits. If you are struggling to prove an equaling condition, you should consider consulting a Southern California Social Security Disability lawyer.
An attorney who is familiar with the California Social Security system will be able to tell you the evidence you need to prove your condition and receive the benefits that you need.
Hire a Southern California Social Security Disability Lawyer
If you’re looking for a Southern California Social Security Disability lawyer to help you prove an equaling condition, look no further than The Law Offices of Dr. Bill LaTour. Our legal professionals are focused on helping people receive the SSDI benefits they need, and we can assist you through the complex SSDI appeals process.
Learn more about our services today.