What Medical Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI?

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If you’re wondering whether you qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), finding the right information is easy. However, we’ll outline what medical conditions automatically qualify you for benefits, what criteria is needed for long-term benefits, and how to navigate the Blue Book qualifications.

Let’s Begin.

What Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

When identifying the qualifications for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) lists impairments based on bodily system or function. Certainly, these are the most common SSA medical conditions that qualify adults for SSD and SSI include:

  • Musculoskeletal problems – such as back conditions, joint dysfunctions, or bone diseases
  • Respiratory illnesses – such as asthma and cystic fibrosis
  • Digestive issues – for example include liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Sense and speech problems – for instance vision or hearing loss
  • Cardiovascular conditions – such as chronic heart failure or coronary artery disease
  • Neurological disorders – for example include multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and Parkinson’s disease
  • Mental disorders – such as anxiety, depression, autism, and schizophrenia
  • Blood disorders – such as hemophilia or sickle cell disease
  • Immune system disorders – for instance rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS, lupus, and kidney disease

Although the List of Impairments for children under the age of 18 is the same as the list for adults with one exception. However, the only medical condition covered for children who qualify for Social Security Disability that isn’t covered for adults is growth impairment.

Social Security Disability Criteria

If you don’t find your medical condition on the Listing of Impairments, you may still be able to qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI if you meet certain criteria. For instance, your medical condition must be a medically determinable impairment, meaning it has been the subject of clinical and laboratory testing.

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Other criteria include:

  • Having enough working credits – for instance the SSA looks at years worked and current income
  • Severity of condition – such as, has it lasted 12 months or could result in death
  • You are unable to complete the work you previously did – physical and mental state considered
  • You are unable to do any other type of work – if employers can’t utilize your skills in another role

However, the SSA will compare your situation to others suffering from the same medical condition and evaluate your capacity for work. Although they will ultimately make a judgment call based on your impairment, age, work experience, and any transferable skills you have.

Social Security Disability Blue Book

The Social Security Disability Blue Book is the SSA’s listing of disabling impairments. In addition, the Blue Book qualifications list is a specific set of criteria that qualify those suffering from a disabling condition for SSD or SSI. However, if you’re wondering what your qualifications may look like, refer to the Blue Book qualifications listing for your disability or SSA medical condition.

For instance, the Blue Book qualifications include general information, Listing of Impairments, and evidentiary requirements. The book also contains various disabling conditions that can qualify you for SSD or SSI benefits. Furthermore, the information found in the Blue Book helps you better understand what you may need to supply with your disability claim to qualify for Social Security Disability.

Since the Blue Book qualifications are very technical, you can get help interpreting the information from your physician or a disability attorney. Technical professionals can also make sure you complete the proper documentation for SSD or SSI application, gather evidence to prove that you’re disabled, and improve your odds of being awarded benefits.

What SSA Medical Conditions Automatically Qualify for Social Security Disability?

The Compassionate Allowances List contains serious injuries or illnesses that only require proof of diagnosis for Social Security approval. In addition the SSA medical conditions that automatically qualify you for social security disability include:

  • Acute leukemia, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
  • Stage IV breast cancer, and inflammatory breast cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer, pancreatic cancer and small cell lung cancer
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma, and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma

If you have one of the listed SSA medical conditions, SSA will expedite your application to receive benefits. In particular other SSA medical conditions that get priority over those listed in the general List of Impairments include kidney, liver, cochlear, lung and heart transplants.  

What SSA Medical Conditions Qualify for Long Term Disability?

Long-Term disability is generally described as being a physical, mental or emotional condition that lasts more than 12 months or could result in death within two years. The SSD and SSI programs categorize the SSA medical conditions by the affected system, which includes the following illnesses as long-term disabilities:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Back injuries
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Brain injuries
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease
  • Herniated discs
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Inner-ear/Balance disorders
  • Knee disorders
  • Leukemia
  • Lung disease
  • Lupus
  • Morbid obesity
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neck injuries
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizure disorders
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Speech disorders
  • Spine injuries
  • Stroke

While this list of long-term disabilities is far from complete, speaking with a physician or attorney can help you determine if your SSA medical condition fits this category. However, SSA medical conditions that are limiting for one person can often make it impossible for others to do their jobs for which he or she has the appropriate education, skills, and experience.

Consider Hiring an Attorney for Disability Benefits

When it comes to the application process to find out if you qualify for Social Security Disability, it’s best to have the support of professionals. Such as your doctor on your team to provide the necessary proof of disability, and outline the restrictions and reasons that you’re unable to work eight hours a day, five days a week.

An attorney is another professional that can help you through your claim process, give you legal advice on any denied claims, and represent you in court if you decide to appeal your case. However, attorneys who represent social security disability claimants are not paid upfront, and only receive a portion of the past-due benefits awarded to applicants.

For example, at Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz L.P.A., our attorneys specialize in disability cases in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. We understand how important it is to file your case correctly, and are dedicated to helping you get your disability application approved as soon as possible.


Quick Answers

What Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Musculoskeletal problems – back conditions, joint dysfunctions, or bone diseases
Respiratory illnesses – such as asthma and cystic fibrosis
Digestive issues – examples include liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Sense and speech problems – including vision or hearing loss
Cardiovascular conditions – chronic heart failure or coronary artery disease
Neurological disorders – examples include multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and Parkinson’s disease
Mental disorders – such as anxiety, depression, autism, and schizophrenia
Blood disorders – such as hemophilia or sickle cell disease
Immune system disorders – including rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS, lupus, and kidney disease

What SSA Medical Conditions Qualify for Long Term Disability?

Anxiety disorders
Asthma/COPD
Back injuries
Bipolar disorder
Brain injuries
Cancer
Cerebral palsy
Chronic pain
Depression
Epilepsy
Heart Disease
Herniated discs
HIV/AIDS
Inner-ear/Balance disorders
Knee disorders
Leukemia
Lung disease
Lupus
Morbid obesity
Multiple sclerosis
Neck injuries
Neuropathy
Osteoarthritis
Parkinson’s disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Psychosis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Seizure disorders
Shoulder injuries
Speech disorders
Spine injuries
Stroke


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