In order to receive social security disability benefits, individuals must meet certain criteria that include having a qualifying disabling condition. However, even if an individual’s specific medical condition is not listed, there are possibilities for them to seek social security disability compensation.
As of 2017, the following are conditions which are listed in the Social Security Administration’s “Blue Book” of qualifying disabilities.
Musculoskeletal Injuries – These include Osteoarthritis, degenerative joint diseases, Sciatica, neck pain, hip replacement surgery, etc.
Cardiovascular Issues – Ischemic heart disease and cardiac events that reduce the function of the cardiovascular system qualify for SSA disability benefits.
Respiratory System – Respiratory conditions that qualify include COPD, asthma, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and even sleep apnea.
Psychological Issues – There are numerous mental disorders that qualify for benefits. These include ADHD and other learning disabilities, autism, depression, and anxiety.
Neurological Diseases – Qualifying neurological issues include injuries to the spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, or brain. Recognized conditions that qualify for social security disability benefits include cerebral palsy, MS, ALS, and Parkinson’s.
Cancer – Individuals diagnosed with breast, colon, lung, bladder, kidney, brain, leukemia, or other types of cancer may qualify for benefits. These conditions are often considered time-sensitive and individuals should work closely with a Social Security Disability lawyer to prepare an application for the Social Security Compassionate Allowances Program. This expedites claim processing for those who are diagnosed with cancers that are likely to be life-threatening.
Hematological Disorders – Blood conditions include hemophilia, thrombocytopenia, and Von Willebrand disease qualify for disability benefits.
Special Syndromes – Individuals may qualify for benefits if they are afflicted with certain syndromes including carpal tunnel syndrome, celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, or Guillain Barre Syndrome. In order to qualify for Social Security Disability, individuals must demonstrate that the condition negatively impacts their ability to perform required job functions or that their condition meets or equals a specific listing.
What if a Condition Isn’t Listed?
There are many circumstances where an individual’s disabling condition is not listed within the Social Security Administration’s blue book. In these situations, the individual must demonstrate that their condition is equally as disabling as a condition that is listed. Disability lawyers can compile medical records and prepare documentation that clearly identifies the symptoms, medical evidence, and daily impact of the disabling injury and its correlation to a listed condition.
As with all disability claims, it is necessary to establish the severity of all of your disabling conditions/injuries and when those conditions/injuries caused you to become disabled from being able to work as that is defined by the Social Security Administration.