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What is Considered a Disability for Massachusetts Residents?

Applying for Social Security disability can be a confusing process. One of the first questions that potential recipients have is, "What is considered a disability?" The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that:


  • The disability keeps you from doing the work you did before.
  • The disability prevents you from adjusting to other work.
  • The disability has lasted or will last at least one year and/or will result in death.


The SSA has compiled a list of medical conditions for each major body system that are "considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity." This list, referred to as "Listing of Impairments," includes Part A, adult listings (age 18 and over), and Part B, childhood listings (under age 18). Part A includes the following headings:

  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Special Senses and Speech
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Digestive System
  • Genitourinary Impairments
  • Hematological Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders (new changes implemented 06-07-11)
  • Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
  • Neurological
  • Mental Disorders
  • Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
  • Immune System Disorders
Each of these categories breaks down into complicated explanations of how the SSA determines whether the condition is severe enough to qualify immediately. These determinations include extensive medical documentation.


It is very difficult for the average person to decode the information the SSA provides on its website. Sometimes it seems nearly impossible to get the simplest question answered. For this reason, getting an expert to help you decode the mysteries of Social Security disability claims is often the best option.

The Massachusetts disability experts at Keefe Disability Law can help you find your way through the endless paperwork that your claim may require. Call us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847 (toll free). We serve clients throughout the New England states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

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