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Tennesseans may be eligible for SSDI benefits if they have any of a number of different common disabling conditions and meet the other eligibility requirements, but some disabilities are more common than others. Not everyone who has one of these conditions will qualify for SSDI benefits.

Common Disabilities That Lead to SSDI Approvals

If people meet the work and functional limitation requirements, they may qualify for SSDI benefits if they suffer from medical conditions that are severe and are expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. These are the top reasons that people are approved for Social Security disability benefits.

  • Disabling conditions such as arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders may result in approvals for SSDI if they are very severe. Arthritis and musculoskeletal problems are among the top causes of long-term disability, making up aboutone-thirdd of SSDI cases.
  • Heart disease and stroke are common ailments that cause many people to become disabled to the extent that they are unable to return to their jobs.
  • Cancer may lead to an inability to work from the disease and also from the aggressive treatments that may be used, including chemotherapy and radiation. Cancer is the fastest-growing cause of social security disability claims. Over 70,000 people in their 20s and 30s are diagnosed with some form of cancer every year.
  • Some mental health disorders may be severe enough that people are unable to work. Mental health conditions are the most common reason that people file for Social Security disability benefits. In a given year, approximately 26 percent of the adult population in the United States are diagnosed with a mental health condition.

Approval Requires Condition Plus More

Having a disabling medical condition by itself is not enough. The condition must meet specific guidelines, including lasting at least 12 months. A condition that is likely to result in death may also qualify. People must also have accumulated a certain number of work credits from their past jobs and have functional limitations that prevent them from performing any substantial gainful activity.