Medically Determinable Impairment

Medically Determinable impairment, as defined for Social Security Disability claims, is an impairment which can be diagnosed by medically acceptable procedures, including laboratory work or other medical evidence of signs or symptoms which could hinder you from engaging in meaningful work. To qualify for Social Security Disability, you must be diagnosed by a health care professional with a medically determinable impairment.

The Social Security Administration will not accept your testimony alone regarding conditions or symptoms you suffer from. You should be under a qualified medical professional’s care before you apply for Social Security Disability. Admittedly, this can be difficult for those who are lack insurance because of the inability to work because of a disability.

If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you are no doubt experiencing pain or other symptoms which cause you great difficulty when trying to work. In order for your Social Security Disability claim to be accepted, however, you must get medical treatment for your symptoms so they can be classified as a medically determinable impairment.

When trying to establish a medically determinable impairment for Social Security Disability purposes, you should consider having a frank discussion with your doctor and with a Social Security Disability lawyer. Your doctor’s diagnosis must support the symptoms you claim to be experiencing in order for your condition to be considered a medically determinable impairment. If your doctor agrees with you that your disability makes it impossible for you to carry on meaningful work and supports your intention of filing for SSDI, his diagnosis is more likely to help you establish a medically determinable impairment.

A Social Security Disability lawyer is thoroughly familiar with the Social Security Administration’s requirements regarding establishing a medically determinable impairment, and can help ensure that your doctor’s report is stated in such a way that the SSA is more likely to accept your Social Security Disability claim or appeal.