What are Some of the Conditions That Qualify for Social Security Disability?

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Robert Golan

Occasionally, people realize they are struggling to perform the duties of their job due to medical conditions but mistakenly believe their condition isn’t eligible for social security disability. They believe that social security disability is for other people who perhaps are legally blind, paralyzed, or otherwise more severely impaired than they are. They don’t realize that social security disability is there to help people suffering from a wide range of conditions which limit their ability to work.

A construction worker who has a qualifying social security disability Nassau, NY

There are some conditions that automatically qualify a person for social security disability. Not having one of the listed conditions doesn’t exclude a person from getting social security disability. However, there are specific conditions that automatically qualify a recipient for disability benefits if the proper criteria is met. If you believe you have a condition that should qualify you to receive social security disability but that is not one of the listed conditions below, a disability lawyer can help.

Please note that the conditions listed below are only a sampling of qualifying conditions. There are many more medical and physical limitations that have established criteria for social security disability compensation.

Vision, Hearing, and Speech

Many conditions that limit a person’s ability to interact with their environment through the five senses qualify them for social security disability. These include:

  • Visual Impairment value of 1 after best correction
  • 20% or less visual efficiency
  • Loss of hearing (Those with cochlear implants may still qualify under certain conditions)
  • Loss of Speech

Digestive System Disorders

  • Liver Transplant (for a year after procedure)
  • Short bowel syndrome (with restrictions)
  • Weight loss due to a digestive disorder where the BMI remains under 17.5
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Skin Disorders

  • Ichthyosis, if chronic
  • Psoriasis and other dermatitis
  • Burns with durations lasting at least 12 months

Mental Health Disorders

  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Trauma survivor

Other Common Conditions

  • HIV
  • Cancer
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Kidney Disease
  • Autism

To qualify for social security disability these medical conditions must be well documented by physicians and many of them have accompanying criteria that must be met which may include the severity, duration, or impairment of function the conditions cause.

If you believe you have a condition which makes you eligible to receive social security disability, it is best to consult an SSI disability attorney. They can help you determine if you meet the criteria and they can assist you in getting the documentation you need to prove the extent of your condition and how it affects your ability to work.

If you reside in the Long Island, Queens, Nassau, or Suffolk areas of New York, Robert Golan can assist you in determining if your medical condition meets the criteria for social security disability. He is an experienced attorney who is eager to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free lawyer consultation at (516) 586-3910.

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