November 5, 2010
In August 2010, the Social Security Administration posted changes to its listing of impairments. This is important for those seeking Social Security disability benefits because it may open up eligibility for those who may previously have been denied.
The changes to Social Security’s listing of impairments deal with speech and other special senses, such as sight and hearing. The most up-to-date version of the listing is also helpful because it includes the medical evidence that will be required for those seeking Social Security disability benefits for these conditions.
According to the updated Social Security listing of impairments, problems with senses and speech may take some of the following forms, including:
- Loss of visual acuity
- Loss of visual efficiency (the better eye must have an efficiency of 20% or less)
- Loss of speech
- Hearing loss (that either cannot be treated with hearing aids or even with an aid, still results in 60% or less word recognition score)
- Labyrinthine-vestibular dysfunction (balance issues and progressive hearing loss)
If you have any of the above conditions, and you think you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you’ll want to contact an Indianapolis Social Security lawyer. An attorney can help you collect vital documents to prove your condition, such as eye examination reports or word recognition test records, depending on your impairment.
Additionally, an Indianapolis Social Security lawyer is up to date on the latest changes in the Social Security arena, including Social Security’s listing of impairments. This means that if important changes occur that may help or hinder your claim, your attorney will be able to make adjustments, so that you are not caught off-guard in your quest for much-needed financial assistance.
A Helping Hand from a Social Security Disability Lawyer
When you have complications with your Social Security disability benefits claim, you need the help of an attorney in Indiana. An Indianapolis firm that’s experienced is crucial to getting the assistance you need. In order to get back on track with your Social Security benefits claim, download a copy of our complimentary book, 8 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing for Social Security Disability Benefits, then contact a Social Security attorney at Hensley Legal Group for a no-cost consultation.