Common Conditions Covered Under Massachusetts Social Security Disability

People apply to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability benefits for many, many health conditions. Some of these are rare, while others can be considered more common. In 2010, just under 9.4 million people received benefits. Over 87% of these people were disabled workers. Of this group, 53% were men, the average age was 53, the average monthly benefit was $1,067.80 and mental disorders accounted for about a third.

Each year the SSA publishes a report that lists "Awards to All Disabled Beneficiaries." Within this report, you can find how the SSA spent its money. In an August 2011 statistical report, the SSA lists the distribution of benefits in the Social Security Disability Insurance Program for 2010. The following findings are for all Americans receiving benefits:


  • Congenital abnormalities 0.3%
  • Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases 3.3%
  • Infectious and parasitic diseases 1.0%
  • Injuries 3.7%
  • Mental Disorders 25.2%
  • Neoplasms 8.3%
  • Diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs 0.3%
  • Diseases of the circulatory system 9.5%
  • Diseases of the digestive system 2.1%
  • Diseases of the genitourinary system 2.0%
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 30.3%
  • Diseases of the nervous system and sense organs 8.4%
  • Diseases of the respiratory system 3.7%
  • Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue 0.2%
  • Other 0.2%
  • Unknown 1.3%


Looking at this list, we can see that over 55% of all conditions awarded benefits had to do with either mental disorders (including autism, mood disorders, developmental disorders and many more) or diseases of the musculoskeletal system (including arthritis, osteoporosis, muscular dystrophy, Lupus and many other disabling conditions).

Perhaps you are among the many Americans who have applied for or already receive disability benefits and you have questions about your claim. Or maybe you have recently become disabled and want to apply, or you have applied and been denied. The statistics in this article can assure you that there is help for millions of citizens. Getting that help can be complicated, however.

Anyone who has filed a benefits claim for disability with the Social Security Administration can tell you how complicated the process can become. If you want to know more, we hope our informative website will help you to become educated about the process.

If you still have questions, be sure to contact us immediately. Keefe Disability Law can help New England residents with new claims, existing claims and claims that have been denied. Call us toll free at 888-904-6847. Or, order one of our free publications, The 5 most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability, 7 Costly Mistakes that can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim and Unlocking the Mystery - The Essential Guide for Navigating the Social Security Disability Claims Process.

John L. Keefe
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