Obesity Itself Does Not Qualify For SSD Benefits

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, October 27, 2017.

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Did you know that millions of Americans have a BMI (body-mass-index) of at least 30? This means they are considered to be obese. More than 35% of the nation’s adults fall into this category. These statistics not only point out a major health problem in America, but has also become a battleground for disability claims. In fact, one of the biggest employment issues surrounding obesity concerns the Social Security Disability program. As your Chicago disability lawyers, we are sharing the facts about qualifying for disability benefits with obesity.

Obesity No Longer Listed As An Impairment

In 1999, the Social Security Administration removed obesity from its Listing of Impairments. The reasoning is that many obese individuals are able to lead productive lives and hold gainful employment. Today, you can be awarded disability benefits for obesity only if its limitations are equivalent to those in an impairment listing or if obesity causes or contributes to other listed impairments. An example of equaling an impairment listing is if the obesity causes the individual to no longer be able to walk, the individual’s condition would “equal” the impairment listing for major dysfunction of a weight-bearing joint, an impairment-level-listing.

Very Real Health Problems

Having a BMI of 30 or greater can make it very difficult for employees to complete certain tasks. A BMI of 30+, however, does not qualify a person for SSD Benefits. Obesity does, however, lead to very real health problems including cardiovascular disease, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, stroke, hypertension, or diabetes. Today, if the individual’s obesity causes or contributes to other listed impairments, they will be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. For example, if your obesity contributes to cardiovascular disease or diabetes, workers can be eligible for SSD benefits. Applicants should talk to their Chicago disability lawyers and make sure to provide documentation that they are unable to work due to impairments or great pain and fatigue.

Chicago Disability Lawyers

It’s important to remember that obesity is no longer a listed impairment, however, obesity can be a contributing factor to other conditions that can enable an obese person to obtain SSD benefits. A skilled team of Chicago disability lawyers will be able to help you apply for Social Security disability benefits if you suffer from obesity. For more information about getting disability benefits with obesity, click here!

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