Obesity can make everyday activities like walking to your mailbox, standing up to cook a meal or going shopping difficult and exhausting. It puts a strain on your muscles, bones, joints and heart. It can rob you of the capacity to keep doing your job.
If obesity, alone or in combination with one or more other medical conditions, significantly limits your ability to work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may categorize your health problems as “severe,” making you eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
During tough times when you can’t work, bills are piling up, and you’re feeling ill on top of everything else, a monthly benefits check can make a big difference in your life.
The problem is it’s not easy to navigate the big bureaucracy of the SSA. Statistics show that most initial disability applications are turned down. Don’t give up hope.
Social Security Disability claims for obesity can be complicated. To get disability benefits, you must be unable to work. Millions of people live with obesity and continue working. You’ll need to show Social Security how your case is a particular hardship.
The Becker Law Office can assist you with securing much-deserved benefits, getting your finances back on steady ground and restoring a sense of peace to your life.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help. We’ve helped thousands of people in Wisconsin appeal disability denials.
Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more. “Morbid obesity” is 40 or more.
Obesity is much more than a cosmetic concern. It’s a complex medical condition that increases the risk of other diseases and health problems. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), these risks include:
The SSA understands that the combined effects of obesity with other impairments may be greater than the effects of obesity itself.
But you’ll have to prove to Social Security that working is impossible in order to qualify for benefits.
To qualify based on obesity alone, you will need to show that your Body Mass Index (BMI) is so high that it prevents you from moving, walking or completing everyday tasks. The SSA will want to see proof of your medical limitations in the form of:
You will also need to meet the SSA’s standard for qualification for any condition. You’ll have to show that:
You’re already dealing with stress. Let the Becker Law Office handle the paperwork, evidence, deadlines and procedures for your disability appeal, including helping you prepare for your hearing with a disability judge.
You don’t have to worry about how much it’ll cost. You only pay an attorney fee when you win benefits. And you can start with the Becker Law Office by getting a FREE CASE EVALUATION.
If you have been denied for Social Security Disability benefits in Wisconsin, it’s not over. You can appeal the SSA’s decision with their multi-step appeals process.
Often your hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ) is your best chance at winning benefits. It’s your opportunity to make your case in person.
Ideally, you’ll have backing from an experienced disability lawyer. According to one government study, you’re almost three times more likely to win at your appeals hearing if you have a lawyer at your side. Plus, with a disability attorney, you can get guidance and support you need during a confusing and stressful time.
At the Becker Law Office, we focus on Social Security Disability appeals.
If you’re living with debilitating obesity, contact us today to get started securing the benefits you deserve and the freedom to take care of your health and yourself.