An attorney from the Augusta disability law firm can help clients who are seeking Social Security disability benefits for obesity.
The Criteria for Social Security Disability for Obesity
Your disability attorneys in Augusta will explain how you will be evaluated when seeking Social Security disability benefits for obesity. The body mass index (BMI) is utilized in the determination process. To calculate BMI, your weight in kilograms will be divided by your height in meters squared. The formula is as follows: [weight in pounds divided by height in inches squared] multiplied by 704.5. The National Institutes of Health states that a person whose BMI is calculated as 25 to 29.9 kg/meters squared will be viewed as overweight, but will not be considered obese unless the person’s waist size is found to be higher than 40 inches for males and 35 inches in females. If the BMI is 30 kg/meters squared, that will be sufficient to be declared obese.
Claims Can Be Denied for Not Following Treatment Recommendations
The Social Security Administration might say that they will rarely deny benefits for failing to follow to the treatment recommendations, but it might be necessary for your treating doctor to attest as to how difficult it is for you to lose weight. If you are not following medical recommendations, there must be a justifiable reason. In most instances, a health insurance plan or Medicare will not pay for medication or surgery to treat obesity. If you cannot pay for it, this is an acceptable reason.
Call an Attorney from the Augusta Disability Law Firm
If you have questions about receiving Social Security disability for obesity, call Wilkinson & Magruder, LLP at (706) 737-0771 to speak to an attorney at the Augusta disability law firm today.