Conditions That Can Qualify for SSD

who qualifies for social security disabilityIn order to automatically qualify for social security disability, your medical condition must be listed in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book, or list of impairments. The list contains both physical and mental conditions that may deem the patient eligible for SSDI or SSI, providing they meet the criteria specified for the listing.

What Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability?

The Social Security Administration’s list of impairments includes listings for every major body system. The adult listings (part A) includes the following impairments:

  • Cardiovascular System – including heart failure, heart transplant, symptomatic congenital heart disease, peripheral artery disease, aneurysm of major branches and recurrent arrhythmias
  • Musculoskeletal System – including disorders of the spine, amputation, major dysfunction of a joint and soft tissue injuries
  • Digestive System – including gastrointestinal hemorrhaging, IBD, liver disease, short bowel syndrome and liver transplant
  • Special Senses and Speech – including loss of vision, speech or hearing
  • Respiratory System – including asthma, chronic pulmonary insufficiency, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis and lung transplant
  • Skin Disorders – including burns, dermatitis, hidradenitis, Bullous disease and ichthyosis
  • Hematological Disorders – including chronic anemia, sickle cell disease, chronic thrombocytopenia and myelofibrosis
  • Endocrine Disorders – including diabetes and disorders of the thyroid, pituitary gland, parathyroid gland and adrenal gland
  • Genitourinary Impairments – including renal function impairment and Nephrotic syndrome
  • Neurological – including epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy and degenerative diseases such as Huntington’s
  • Mental Disorders – including schizophrenic and psychotic disorders, anxiety-related disorders, autism, personality disorders, substance addiction disorders
  • Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems – including non-mosaic Down syndrome
  • Immune System Disorders – including lupus, vasculitis, sclerosis, polymyositis, immune deficiency disorders, HIV and inflammatory arthritis
  • Malignant Neoplastic Diseases – including cancer

Medical Conditions Not Listed in the Blue Book

The Blue Book’s list of impairments automatically qualify a claimant for social security disability benefits, but impairments that are not listed in the Blue Book may also be considered. If the claimant’s condition is severe enough to interfere with his or her ability to work and the condition is well documented, benefits may still be granted by the Social Security Administration.

Have you been denied for Social Security benefits for which you think you’re eligible?  Contact our office in either Pittsburgh or North Apollo and speak with one of Martin and Lerda’s attorneys  who are experienced with social security disability claims about your exact situation and let us help you get the benefits you deserve!

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