People often ask us if it is possible to receive Social Security disability benefits for speech impairments. Fortunately, the answer is yes. However, the only speech disorder specifically listed by the Social Security Administration as a qualifying condition is complete speech loss. Other speech impairments may still qualify if they are symptoms or side effects of another medical condition that qualifies for benefits.
An experienced Utah disability lawyer at Summit Disability Law Group can help you determine if you are eligible for benefits. This article breaks down the disability listings for speech impairments, in order to help you better understand your chances.
The SSA’s “listing of impairments” lists speech loss as a qualifying condition. It is important to remember that the most important factor considered by the SSA during a disability case is how severely your condition limits your daily work functions. If your speech loss or impairment prevents you from finding and maintaining gainful employment, you may qualify for benefits.
- Loss of speech
- You must not be able to produce speech by any means.
- By any means refers to technological or mechanical tools that may enable you to speak.
- Speech refers to verbal communication that can be “heard, understood, or sustained.”
You may also receive disability benefits for speech impairments caused by another medical condition or disorder. These may include disorders affecting your central nervous system or other neurological disorders.
If your speech impairment prevents you from working and earning over $1,130 per month, you may qualify for disability benefits. Even if your condition is not specifically listed by the SSA, you can still receive benefits if it is keeping you out of work. Our team of knowledgeable Utah Social Security disability lawyers can help you be certain whether you qualify.
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If you are seeking disability benefits for speech impairments or have questions about the disability claims process, contact us today for a free consultation.