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Chicago disability attorneyPeople who experience serious injuries or illnesses may rely on government aid to meet their needs. Social Security disability benefits may be available to a person who has suffered from a disabling health condition that has affected them for at least one year or is expected to last for 12 months or more. To demonstrate that they qualify for disability benefits, a person will need to provide medical evidence, and in some cases, Social Security may also require them to be examined by an independent medical professional. In some cases, these professionals may come to different conclusions, and applicants should understand how Social Security will consider opinions from different sources.

How Social Security Weighs Medical Opinions

Social Security may look at reports provided by multiple different types of medical professionals. A professional must be considered an acceptable medical source, meaning that they can provide reports that are relevant to a person’s disabling health conditions. These sources may include medical or osteopathic physicians, licensed psychologists who can assess a person’s mental health issues, optometrists who can address visual impairments, podiatrists who can assess disorders affecting the feet or ankles, speech-language pathologists who can address language disorders and related impairments, audiologists who can assess hearing loss, physician assistants who can assess impairments within their licensed scope of practice, and licensed advance practices registered nurses (including nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists).

When evaluating medical opinions, Social Security will consider several different factors, and the most important of these are supportability and consistency. Supportability involves the relevance of evidence used by a medical professional to support their findings, such as the results of lab tests. Consistency addresses whether a professional’s opinions are in line with evidence from other medical sources. If one doctor’s reports differ significantly from those provided by other medical professionals, Social Security is less likely to find their opinions to be persuasive.


Chicago SSDI benefits attorneyA stroke can have a serious impact on your quality of life and ability to hold down a job. During a stroke, blood flow to your brain is disturbed either through a lack of blood flow, known as an ischemic stroke or by a leakage of blood, known as a hemorrhage. Depending on the section of the brain that is impacted, you may suffer from mobility issues, impaired vision, and slurred speech. Given the potentially life-altering impact of a stroke, victims are eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Qualifying Factors for Benefits After a Stroke

If a stroke prevents you or your spouse from working for at least 12 months, you can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. In the Neurological Impairment section of the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book, there are three ways you can qualify for benefits.

Stroke victims qualify for disability benefits if they:


Chicago SSDI lawyerTrouble breathing can seriously affect your ability to gain or retain gainful employment. The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of respiratory disorders severe enough to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Based on the severity of your respiratory condition, how long you have had it, how long it is expected to last, and your response to treatments, you could be entitled to SSD benefits.

Understanding Respiratory Disorders

Respiratory disorders are categorized as those which make it difficult for air to move out of the lungs (obstruction), challenging for air to move into the lungs (restriction), or interfere with gas exchange in the lungs (diffusion). These include some very common breathing disorders and some which are rarer. They can either impact you for your entire life or have a later onset.

Examples of respiratory disorders include:


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