Social Security Disability and “Invisible” Diseases and Conditions

October 20, 2016

Not every condition or illness is visible to the naked eye. Some people suffer with conditions that are internal, or do not have physical symptoms. A broad term which encompasses a wide assortment of mostly neurological conditions, “invisible diseases” and “invisible disabilities” are conditions that are not readily noticeable. For instance, not all people with vision or hearing impairment wear eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids, but they still suffer a disability. Similarly, not everyone suffering lifelong pain or joint issues rely on mobility aids like canes; they may use them just occasionally.

It can be difficult to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you suffer with an invisible disease, especially if your symptoms vary widely, or if your doctors struggle to diagnose you. That is why hiring an experienced Philadelphia SSD lawyer from Larry Pitt & Associates is a good idea. Our team of attorneys can help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve.

What are considered invisible diseases and/or invisible disabilities?

There are several diseases and disabilities that are deemed invisible, and the list of invisible diseases and invisible disabilities perhaps is longer than people often think. Common conditions on the invisible diseases and invisible disabilities list include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD);
  • Brain injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lifelong pain
  • Lifelong fatigue
  • Lifelong dizziness
  • Lupus
  • Mental health issues
  • Migraines
  • And schizophrenia

Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits in Philadelphia

Individuals with invisible diseases and invisible disabilities can and do qualify for disability benefits. However, they must prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that their disease or disability indeed interferes with their ability to walk; stand; sit; lift; see; hear; talk; interact properly; remember straightforward directions; adjust to both big and small changes, etc. Individuals with invisible conditions seeking disability benefits must remember that the SSA also takes into account, among other things:

  • What part of their body the condition affects the most
  • How long it lasts
  • How often it occurs
  • How severe it is
  • What treatment and/or medication(s) they use
  • How effective the treatment is
  • What side effects the treatment has on them
  • What other factors there are in play

At Larry Pitt & Associates, we have been helping people collect SSD benefits for decades. We know how to build a successful claim for our clients, and we can help you, too. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled Philadelphia Social Security Disability attorney, please call 888.PITT.LAW or contact us to schedule an appointment at any of our office locations serving Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.