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Conditions that Qualify for Social Security Disability

By Matthew Golitko on April 22, 2015

A patient with her doctorThe lawyers here at Golitko & Daly have helped countless injury victims from construction sites and industrial workplaces throughout the greater Indianapolis area. Their assistance has been especially helpful with regard to social security disability insurance (SSDI) claims and related matters.

We've previously noted on this blog the requirements for SSDI as well as how SSDI back pay works. In this post, we'd like to broadly cover the various conditions that qualify for SSDI.

A List of Qualifying Conditions with Examples

The qualifying conditions that are laid out by the official Social Security Administration website are as follows:

  • Musculoskeletal System Disorders - This covers a wide variety of problems that affect the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, and joints, resulting in the inability to move around with ease.

  • Senses and Speech Disorders - This covers various cases of vision loss and hearing impairment.

  • Respiratory System Disorders - This covers different kinds of injuries, illnesses, and infections that make breathing difficult.

  • Cardiovascular System Disorders - This refers to various conditions that are related to heart disease and problems with the circulatory system.

  • Digestive System Disorders - This refers to various injuries or systemic conditions that affect the stomach, liver, the intestines, or bowel.

  • Genitourinary Disorders - This refers to injuries or conditions that affect a person's reproductive organs or urinary system.

  • Hematological Disorders - This refers to disorders affecting a patient's blood, bone marrow, spleen, and/or liver.

  • Serious Skin Disorders - This refers to any debilitating condition that affects a person's skin.

  • Endocrine Disorders - This refers to problems that affect the various glands located in the human body.

  • Congenital Disorders Affecting Multiple Body Systems - This refers to conditions a person has from birth that affect their wellness.

  • Neurological Disorders - This refers to issues such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy.

  • Mental Disorders - This refers to mental health issues such as severe depression or schizophrenia.

  • Malignant Neoplastic Diseases - This refers to the development of cancer or tumors in the body.

  • Immune System Disorders - This refers to conditions in which a person's immune disease isn't functioning properly, such as HIV/AIDS or lupus.

Does my medical condition need to be covered in the Social Security disability blue book?

Not necessarily.

Some people may be suffering from a type of disorder noted above, yet the symptoms and nature of their condition do not quite match up with the conditions noted by the Social Security Administration. In other cases, an individual may suffer from a disorder not listed in the blue book at all, yet it results in a significant change to his or her wellness and ability to perform basic job duties.

It's important to meet with your general practitioner so you can have a full set of tests run and have to have a medical professional attest to the severity of your condition.

Learn More About Social Security Disability Insurance

To learn more about social security disability (SSDI) and how our team can help you in your time of legal need, we encourage you to contact our work injury attorneys today. The team at Golitko & Daly will help you receive fair compensation for the hardships that you have endured.

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