Medical Disability

Massachusetts Social Security Disability (SSDI) Attorneys

The Massachusetts disability lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates use over 25 years of legal experience to obtain social security disability (SSDI) benefits for injured workers throughout the Commonwealth. Based in Boston, we provide individualized service on a personal level. We maximize workers’ compensation and disability benefits for residents in counties including, but not limited to Boston, Essex County, Plymouth County, Middlesex County, Suffolk, County, Norfolk County, and the Merrimack River area.

Listings of Medical Disabilities

Sections 1614 and 1631 of the federal Social Security Act (the “Act”) set forth basic criteria to determine disabilities and impairments that entitle individuals to benefits under the law. The federal statutes are enforced throughout the Commonwealth through Massachusetts General Laws. Under both sets of laws, medical disabilities listed in the Social Security Administration’s “blue book” automatically qualify the applicant for benefits.

The listing of impairments is contained in Part III of the Act: Part A includes “adult” listings applying to adults 18 and over as well as medical criteria to evaluate diseases that have similar effects on adults and children under 18. Medical requirements in Part B apply specifically to individuals under 18. Although the criteria in Part B correspond to diseases in Part A, any evaluation of childhood disabilities begins first with Part B.

Listed Medical Conditions

The blue book manual lists qualifying disabilities eligible for benefits under the Act. These conditions generally meet the requirements of 42 U.S.C. § 1382c’s “medically determinable” physical or mental impairments that are expected to result in death or last over 12 months. Such disabilities prevent individuals from engaging in previous work and other types of “substantial gainful activity” such as normal daily functions. Listed conditions include:

  • Skin and speech issues
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Cancer and terminal illness
  • Cardiovascular (heart) disease
  • Sensory (vision and hearing) loss
  • Respiratory and pulmonary disease
  • Immune system disorder or syndrome
  • Neurological and degenerative disorders
  • Digestive problems, renal (kidney) failure
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities, emotional impairments

Disabilities that do not exactly satisfy the blue book listing may still qualify for SSDI if they are the medically “functional equivalent” of a listed impairment. Rheumatoid and degenerative arthritis, for example, are not listed, but limit the patient’s routine activities and ability to work. Severe migraine headaches and other unlisted conditions that limit a person’s functional capacity may likewise prevent full-time employment and require a medical-vocational allowance.

Unlisted Conditions

Disability listings are only part of a multi-step process in determining eligibility for benefits. Social Security examiners must also assess other factors on a case-by-case basis. For each applicant and major body system, examiners will evaluate current employment, severity of disability, previous work, and ability to do other types of work. Some diseases qualify for disability as soon as the diagnosis is confirmed or have a “high probability” of qualifying for a “compassionate allowance” through a sophisticated process of computer screening.

Proving Medical Disability

If you cannot work due to any kind of medical disability, the Massachusetts social security disability attorneys of Kantrovitz & Associates can help. We have over 25 years of experience seeking benefits for individuals due to well-documented illnesses and unlisted conditions. Our lawyers have recovered substantial benefits and medical-vocational allowances based on the effects of all types of disease processes in adults and children. To obtain disability benefits for you, your spouse, or family members, call (800) 367-0871 for a free consultation or contact us online.