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.  The Social Security Administration’s blue book must include the disability or symptoms of it 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 not too severe will likely not qualify.

In some cases, less severe vertigo or dizziness may still be disabling. This is especially true if they are the result of other serious medical conditions. Lesser symptoms may 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 officially diagnosed with vertigo, then the Social Security Administration will take a look at your medical records. This helps them determine the severity of your case. It also helps them know 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.

The blue book lists vertigo 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 the SSA’s criteria for the underlying medical conditions that cause dizziness.

The Blue Book does list dizziness as a symptom under “numerous conditions”. This includes

  • 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, has not been able to prevent your symptoms from recurring. Your condition must also remain disabling.

How SSDA USA Helps You!

It’s important that if you suffer from vertigo and dizziness that you undergo the proper medical evaluations and testing. This will determine the underlying problems. It also 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.

The information on this blog is for general information purposes only. Nothing herein should be taken as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute a representative-client relationship.

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