The Social Security disability system is meant to assist those who remain long-term disabled for a year or longer. While we many times focus on what is required to prove entitlement from a medical standpoint, we many times encounter potential clients who are seeking benefits for a long term disabling condition but do not meet the additional requirements to meet either the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI or Title II) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) requirements. Below is a story of one such individual who recently contacted our office to determine why they were having a problem collecting a benefit.
Janice is a woman in her late 50’s from New Hampshire who has been suffering from a multiple chemical sensitivity disorder for many years which has hindered her ability to go out in public given the impact the fumes of various chemicals will have on her breathing (and which will otherwise cause her to become quite ill). She worked for a number of years as a school bus driver until such time as the fumes from the bus itself became problematic for her.
Janice has seen a number of specialists at some of the most well-known and well-respected medical centers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for her condition. She has remained aggressive and persistent with her treatment. Notwithstanding this fact, she has not been able to find any answers that have allowed her to return to work.