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Wauwatosa SSD qualifying medical conditions attorney

Lawyer Helping People With Qualifying Medical Conditions Secure Social Security Disability Benefits in Milwaukee County

In your pursuit of Social Security disability benefits, one of the most important things you will need to do is prove that you have a qualifying medical condition. Though a variety of conditions may be considered, the standards for qualification are high, and you will need sufficient evidence of the ways in which your condition impedes your functional abilities.

Attorney Jonathan Pearson has represented many clients in the process of securing disability benefits, and he has a thorough understanding of what it takes for an application to be approved. He will handle your case personally and help you collect and submit evidence of your condition for consideration, all while charging no attorney fees unless he is successful in helping you obtain benefits.

When Does a Medical Condition Qualify for Social Security Benefits?

In order for any medical condition to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, both of the following must be true:

  1. The condition must severely impede your work abilities. Specifically, it must make you incapable of performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), which in 2022 is that which earns a monthly gross income of at least $1,350. Usually, a qualifying medical condition interferes with your ability to perform basic work tasks, such as sitting, standing, walking, lifting, reading, or hearing.
  2. The condition must last for at least 12 months. If you are expected to recover within a year, your application for benefits will be denied. However, if you can demonstrate that your disability has already lasted for a year, or if your doctor's prognosis indicates that your condition will last for more than a year or result in death, then you may have a strong case for benefits.

The Social Security Administration Listing of Impairments

During the review of your application, the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the state Disability Determination Bureau (DDB) will also use the SSA's listing of qualifying impairments, commonly known as the Blue Book, to decide whether your condition is one of those included. This list comprises a variety of physical and mental health conditions categorized according to the parts of the body they affect. Examples include musculoskeletal conditions, impairments of speech and senses, disorders of major body systems, cancers, and neurological and mental disorders.

Attorney Jonathan Pearson is thoroughly familiar with the Blue Book's list of impairments, and if you have a condition that is listed, he will help you gather evidence from your doctors and medical records to show that this is the case. Having a condition that clearly matches an entry in the Blue Book makes an approval much more likely and can speed up the process of obtaining benefits. This is especially true if you have a condition that qualifies for a compassionate allowance, including many forms of cancer and degenerative neurological disorders like ALS, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's Disease.

Even if your condition is not listed in the Blue Book, you still may qualify for benefits if you can demonstrate that your condition prevents you from performing your past work or other substantial gainful activity that is available to you. In this case, the review of your application may take longer, and the evidence of your impairment will likely be heavily scrutinized, so we will need to build as strong of a case as possible. You may even find that your application is denied, making it necessary to pursue an appeal. If so, Jonathan will represent you throughout the appeal process to ensure that all of the evidence is considered.

Contact a Waukesha County Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you are uncertain whether your medical condition makes you eligible for Social Security disability benefits, a knowledgeable attorney can ensure that you are well-informed and advise you on the best way to proceed. To request a free consultation, contact us at 414-240-4801. We can help with your case for benefits in Waukesha County, Milwaukee County, Wauwatosa, West Allis, Greenfield, Oak Creek, Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, and the surrounding areas.



  • Thank you so much Jonathan. I was so tired of waiting almost 2 years for my disability hearing and you told me always stay positive and to not give up. You met with me before my hearing and told me what to expect and when you told me the judge approved my case I was so relieved! The Social Security disability payments I get allow me to keep seeing my doctors and really help us out. Thank you!

    - Shirley

  • Jonathan thank you for helping me win my Social Security disability case. You are so easy to talk to and don’t make me feel stupid each time I call with my questions.

    - Rene

  • Jonathan is very knowledgeable and pleasant,He is very considerate for his client and return my all phone calls promptly.I was very happy for his services. I highly recommend him to any body who needs attorney help.

    - S.P., Wheeling, IL

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