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What condition or conditions qualifies for disability in North Carolina?
This may sound unusual to anyone who is not very familiar with the Social Security disability and SSI system.
However, potentially any medical condition, whether it is of a physical, psychiatric, or psychological nature, potentially qualifies an individual to receive disability benefits.
This is because the evaluation system used by the Social Security Administration focuses specifically on one issue: the individual's ability to work, despite their condition.
How does this evaluation system work? After you file a claim for disability in North Carolina, your case is transferred to a case processing specialist, known as a disability examiner. This individual is based at a state agency that handles disability determinations for the Social Security Administration within the state.
It is known as DDS in most states; in some states, the agency goes by slightly different titles such as, for example, the "Bureau of disability determination".
At NC DDS, or North Carolina disability determination services, the examiner will do the following:
1. Send request letters to obtain medical records from all the doctors, hospitals, and clinics listed on your disability report form at the time you filed for disability.
2. After receiving the medical records--which may take several weeks, or even several months - the examiner will review them, looking specifically to see which conditions you have been diagnosed with, but, more specifically, looking for specific indications of how your conditions may affect you.
If a medical condition affects you and limits you in a certain way, this is called a "functional limitation".
What are specific examples of functional limitations? Hearing loss and vision loss are examples of sensory limitations. Memory loss and inability to concentrate are examples of mental limitations. And physical limitations may include things like difficulty carrying more than a certain amount of weight, or difficulty standing, or sitting, or walking more than a certain life of time.
How will your functional limitations, which are learned about from your medical records, affect the outcome of your disability case? The disability examiner will notate everything that is pertinent from your medical records and then give you a rating, known as an RFC, or residual functional capacity, rating. This is basically a rating of what you are currently able to do.
This rating will be compared to the demands of the jobs you held in the past, and will be used to determine if you can still go back to one of those jobs. If it is decided that you cannot go back to one of your old jobs, then the examiner will decide whether or not you have, based on your skills, and training, and age (and current limitations), the ability to take up some new type of "other work".
Because the SSD and SSI system is based on determining your remaining, or "residual", functional capacity, and,thus, your resulting ability to engage in work activity, you can see, really, that any medical condition potentially qualifies you to receive disability benefits in North Carolina.
Now, having said this, there is a list of conditions that cite specific approval criteria; in other words, there is a list of conditions and if you meet the criteria for one of these these conditions in your medical records, you may be approved for disability.
This list is known as the blue book (simply because in printed form it is blue), or simply as "the listings ".
Getting approved on the basis of a listing can be fairly difficult. And the majority of cases that are awarded benefits in North Carolina are not approved through a listing. Instead, they are approved through the five-step sequential evaluation process used by disability examiners, in which is it is determined that your limitations outweigh your ability to go back to a past job, or switch to new work.
Also, it should be noted that many conditions do not have a specific listing. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia do not have their own set-aside listings in the bluebook.
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