Are You Able to Get SSDI for Vertigo or Dizziness?

Are You Able to Get SSDI for Vertigo or Dizziness?

SSDI for Vertigo or DizzinessWhen it comes to qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you will need to have a disability that prevents you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least a year. That disability or the symptoms of that disability also need to be listed in the Social Security Administration’s blue book in order to qualify for benefit payments. In the case of vertigo or dizziness, it’s not quite as straightforward as you might think.

Qualifying for SSDI for Vertigo or Dizziness

First of all, in order to have any hopes of qualifying for SSDI, you’ll need to have earned enough credits from paying Social Security taxes on your income. Additionally, there are certain levels of severity when it comes to both vertigo and dizziness. Cases that are not severe will likely not be accepted as qualifying by the Social Security Administration.

However, in some cases, less severe vertigo or dizziness may still be disabling if they are the result of other serious medical conditions or they combine with other medical problems to become even more disabling than they would be on their own.

Vertigo as a disability

Vertigo is a type of dizziness that makes those who are affected have a spinning or rocking like sensation even if they are standing still. Other symptoms can include blurred vision, nausea, unsteadiness and lightheadedness. Episodes can last for hours and can result in injuries caused by falls.

If you have been officially diagnosed with vertigo, then the Social Security Administration will take a look at your medical records to determine how severe your case is and whether it is actually a detriment to your ability to work. They will look into the skills your line of work requires and whether your vertigo affects those skills or affects your ability to do your job safely.

Vertigo is listed in the blue book as an associated symptom of issues with the vestibular function, such as Meniere’s disease. However, even if your form of vertigo does not qualify under the Social Security Administration’s definition, you may still be able to qualify based upon your residual functioning capacity (RFC). Your RFC explains how your vertigo (along with any other conditions you may have) affects your ability to perform your job and other jobs.

Dizziness as a disability

If you suffer from severe dizziness but not vertigo, you may still be able to qualify for disability benefits. You will need to have medical documentation proving the extent of your dizziness. This documentation will need to meet or match the Social Security Administration’s criteria for the underlying medical conditions that cause dizziness.

Dizziness as a symptom is listed under numerous conditions in the blue book, including chronic pulmonary insufficiency, chronic venous insufficiency, ischemic heart disease, multiple sclerosis, endocrine disorders and spinal cord lesions. You will need to prove that treatment for your dizziness, no matter what the underlying cause is, has not been able to prevent your symptoms from recurring and that your condition remains disabling.

It’s important that if you suffer from vertigo and dizziness that you undergo the proper medical evaluations and testing to determine the underlying problems and that you can prove that the condition is disabling in order to qualify for SSDI. For more advice concerning the application for SSDI for vertigo or dizziness, contact Social Security Disability Advocates USA by calling us 24/7 at (602) 952-3200 for a free consultation today.

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