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How can you prove you have a disabling illness?

There are several medical conditions that help qualify you for disability claims. For example, illnesses such as respiratory illnesses, can make it difficult to work and may leave you disabled. Some common respiratory illnesses include asthma and cystic fibrosis.

How can you prove that this medical condition limits your residual functional capacity? You should be able to show what the most demanding activity is that you can do. If you can walk a flight of stairs one time, that should be in your documentation. If you can't get up off a sofa without being out of breath, that's something the Social Security Administration needs to know.

There are several tests you can have completed to show that you are suffering from an illness. A traditional physical examination from your doctor is a good place to start. Present that information as well as treatment notes, X-rays, blood work panels, computerized axial tomography (CAT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests and mental health records, if they apply. For those with chronic diseases such as asthma or cystic fibrosis, a medical write-up of the progression of the disease can help.

The medical evidence should show why you are unable to work or why you are unable to work without certain restrictions. This evidence needs to show how your illness has affected you for the entire time period in which you've been disabled up until today. Your attorney can help you file the appropriate documents or help you if your original application has been denied. An appeal may help you get the compensation you need.

Source: FindLaw, "Medical Conditions that Qualify You for Disability Claims," accessed Jan. 05, 2017

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