Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves abnormally. The Mayo Clinic reports that most people with the condition experience minor problems but the condition can be disabling in severe cases. People that cannot work due to scoliosis may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if they meet income guidelines. SSI provides monthly benefits for people with low incomes and little savings; people that have more money may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Proof of income
- Proof of resources
- Medical records
Call the Social Security Administration to make an appointment to apply for disability at 800-772-1213. Or, begin an application online (see Resources).
Fill out the application completely. Do not leave any parts blank as the Social Security Administration may have trouble processing your application for scoliosis disability. If you need help filling out the application, ask for help at the local Social Security Administration office and staff will assist you.
Take the completed application to the local Social Security Administration office or submit an application online.
Provide information about income and resources when requested, such as paycheck stubs, a court order for child support or alimony and bank statements.
Inform you medical doctor of the application for scoliosis disability. The Social Security Administration contacts the doctor for information about your condition. Talk to your doctor and remind him how the scoliosis prevents you from working and ask him to document that information in your medical chart. Ask him to provide any requested information to the Social Security Administration promptly so as not to delay the processing of your application.
Forward any medical records copies to the Social Security Administration. They request information from the health care professionals that provide you medical treatment most recently but do consider all information sent to them. Sending them all copies of records allows them to fully understand your condition.
Tips and warnings
- The Social Security Administration may ask you to undergo an examination by a doctor of their choosing. If so, they pay for the examination. Ensure you keep any appointments so as not to delay the processing of your application. Apply for scoliosis SSI as soon as you think you might qualify. It can take several months for your application to be processed so apply promptly so you can begin receiving benefits as soon as possible. You do not have to hire an attorney in order to apply for scoliosis SSI, but you may consult with or hire one at any time you feel you might benefit from legal assistance. If your application is denied, you can hire an attorney to help you file an appeal.
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