Common Disabilities That Can Qualify You for Social Security Benefits
You have been working at the same place for 15 years and although you love your job, it’s been harder and harder for you to concentrate and complete tasks. You were recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and it has started to affect your work. You can’t afford to quit, but if you can’t get the disease under control, your employer has already stated that he may have to let you go.
What can you do? You can’t afford not to have a job. Can you file for disability? Do you even qualify?
Listed Conditions for Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Blue Book is basically a guide of acceptable impairments that the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers to be disabling enough to qualify for benefits. It provides a baseline for disorders—both physical and mental—that the SSA feels will inhibit a person’s ability to work, and consequently create the need for disability assistance.
The SSA states that suffering from one or more of these conditions will automatically qualify an individual for Social Security disability benefits. However, once qualified, the condition must be proved to be severe enough to fulfill eligibility requirements.
Listed conditions are categorized as follows:
- Musculoskeletal problems. Injuries or conditions that affect the muscles—especially within the back—are good candidates for disability as they limit how much physical work you can reasonably manage
- Cardiovascular problems. Heart failure, coronary artery disease, and tachycardia are only a few conditions that fall in this category. If you have heart problems that limit the amount of activity you can handle, you’re a good candidate for disability approval.
- Communication problems. Vision and hearing loss due to disease, injury, or ailment can reasonably be considered debilitating enough to require federal assistance.
- Severe respiratory illnesses. Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other breathing disabilities can limit a person’s activity level enough to make him eligible for benefits.
- Neurological disorders. Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy can be considered detrimental enough in daily activities to limit the ability to work safely, thus qualifying you for disability.
- Mental disorders. Severe depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, or intellectual disability can limit effective tasking and work ability, thus requiring aid.
- Immune system disorders. HIV/AIDS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are only a few conditions that can limit activity and even become fatal if the person with the disorder is overworked.
- Cancers. Any type of cancer will qualify you for disability, as they are degenerative diseases.
Pursuing a Claim
No one should be forced to work if he is physically, mentally, or emotionally unable to do so without suffering extreme pain, or otherwise putting himself or others in danger. This is why we are so passionate about fighting to make sure our clients get the benefits that they deserve.
If you believe that your ailments should qualify you to file for disability, contact us today for a free consultation and review of your case. We’ll be happy to go over each and every step with you to make sure your claim is strong enough to avoid denial. You owe it to yourself to get experienced representation that will help secure your benefits. Call now to see how we can help you.
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