The SSA List of Impairments

social security disabilityIf you are unable to work due to a medical condition, you know that you are struggling. Unfortunately, you must also convince the Social Security Administration of this pain or illness in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), there are specific conditions that may qualify someone for Social Security Disability.

List of Impairments

  1. Musculoskeletal System. These disorders affect muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bones. This might includes spine issues, amputation, or fractures of major bones.
  2. Special Senses and Speech. Vision issues and hearing loss fall under this category.
  3. Respiratory Disorders. These diseases result in obstruction and interference with the lungs, like cystic fibrosis.
  4. Cardiovascular System. Disorders that affect the heart, including arteries, veins, and capillaries. The most common examples are chronic heart issues and heart transplants.
  5. Digestive System. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), chronic liver disease, and gastrointestinal hemorrhaging are examples of disorders that affect the digestive system.
  6. Genitourinary Disorders. These disorders occur when the urinary or genital organs do not function properly. Kidney-related disorders are the most common example.
  7. Hematological Disorders. Disorders that affect the blood, like anemia, sickle cell disease, and bone marrow failure, are considered hematological disorders.
  8. Skin Disorders. Severe skin disorders include bullous disease, ichthyosis, and chronic infections of the mucous membrane. Burns might also fall under this category.
  9. Endocrine Disorders. These disorders cause hormone imbalance, and include disorders of the thyroid, adrenal, or pituitary glands.
  10. Congenital Disorders. The main disorder of this group is Down syndrome, which affects various parts of the body, including development and intelligence.
  11. Neurological Disorders. These refer to any disorders that affect the nervous system, like epilepsy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, or traumatic brain injuries. Someone who is in a coma would also fall under this category.
  12. Mental Disorders. This includes a range of disorders, including schizophrenia, autism, substance abuse issues, anxiety disorders, and intellectual disabilities.
  13. Cancer. This section covers various types of cancers and malignant neoplastic diseases, including those that affect skin, breasts, internal organs, reproductive system, and bones or blood.
  14. Immune System Disorders. Disorders that cause dysfunction in the immune system, like lupus, HIV infection, and inflammatory arthritis.

Do you qualify for Social Security Disability?

If you are unable to work due to one of these conditions, it will be easier for you to receive SSD benefits. You should note, however, that not all diseases that fall under these categories are guaranteed to automatically qualify you for SSD. To qualify, your condition must be considered severe, prevent you from performing basic activities (like walking, sitting, remembering, or concentrating) and must persist, or be expected to persist, for at least 12 months.

If you are suffering from a medical condition and do not know how to proceed after a rejection of your Social Security Disability application, consider talking with an experienced SSD attorney.


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