Determine if your disability qualifies for SSDI benefits
The federal Social Security Administration (SSA) lists hundreds of impairments and disabilities that qualify a person for receiving temporary or permanent disability benefits if the claimant is no longer able to earn a wage. Under current laws, a claimant must show that he or she has been unable to work for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to a filing a qualifying claim. However, it is important to get your claim into the application process as soon as possible. You do not have to wait for 12 months before filing. You will want to have your application in the system and ready for review as soon as your waiting period is complete. Start the process early.
Free consultation to review your qualifying disability
The SSA does not have hard-and-fast rules regarding many types of medical conditions that qualify. In many cases, a syndrome of systems that are not listed individually may qualify the applicant for SSDI benefits. If you are interested in learning whether your medical condition or injury may qualify for SSDI benefits, talk to a member of the Social Security law team at Greg Jones Law.
The list below provides a broad overview of the types of impairments and disabilities covered by SSDI. The list of definitions of disabilities is by no means inclusive. Contact Greg Jones Law to discuss your specific impairment or disability.
Descriptions below taken directly from the SSA site
- Musculoskeletal impairments: Disorders of the musculoskeletal system may result from hereditary, congenital or acquired pathologic processes. Impairments may result from infectious, inflammatory or degenerative processes; traumatic or developmental events; or neoplastic, vascular or toxic/metabolic diseases.
- Visual impairments: Visual disorders are abnormalities of the eye, the optic nerve, the optic tracts or the brain that may cause a loss of visual acuity or visual fields. A loss of visual acuity limits your ability to distinguish detail, read or do fine work. A loss of visual fields limits your ability to perceive visual stimuli in the peripheral extent of vision.
- Hearing impairments: We need evidence showing that you have a medically determinable impairment that causes your hearing loss and audiometric measurements of the severity of your hearing loss. We generally require both a complete otologic examination and audiometric testing to establish that you have a medically determinable impairment that causes your hearing loss. You should have this audiometric testing within two months of the complete otologic examination. Once we have evidence that you have a medically determinable impairment, we can use the results of later audiometric testing to assess the severity of your hearing loss without another complete otologic examination. We will consider your test scores together with any other relevant information we have about your hearing, including information from outside of the test setting.
- Speech impairments: In evaluating the loss of speech, the ability to produce speech by any means includes the use of mechanical or electronic devices that improve voice or articulation. Impairments of speech may also be evaluated under the body system for the underlying disorder, such as neurological disorders.
- Respiratory impairments: Impairments resulting from respiratory disorders based on symptoms, physical signs, laboratory test abnormalities and response to a regimen of treatment prescribed by a treating source. Respiratory disorders along with any associated impairment(s) must be established by medical evidence. Evidence must be provided in sufficient detail to permit an independent reviewer to evaluate the severity of the impairment.
- Cardiovascular impairments: Any disorder that affects the proper functioning of the heart or the circulatory system (that is: arteries, veins, capillaries and the lymphatic drainage). The disorder can be congenital or acquired.
- Digestive impairments: Disorders of the digestive system include gastrointestinal hemorrhage, hepatic (liver) dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome and malnutrition. They may also lead to complications, such as obstruction, or be accompanied by manifestations in other body systems.
- Genitourinary impairments: Renal dysfunction due to any chronic renal disease, such as chronic glomerulonephritis, hypertensive renal vascular disease, diabetic nephropathy, chronic obstructive uropathy and hereditary nephropathies.
- Hematological disorders: (Diseases affecting) the ability of the individual to adjust to the reduced oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
- Skin disorders: Resulting from hereditary, congenital or acquired pathological processes. The kinds of impairments covered by these listings are: ichthyosis, bullous diseases, chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, genetic photosensitivity disorders and burns.
- Endocrine disorder: A medical condition that causes a hormonal imbalance. When an endocrine gland functions abnormally, producing either too much of a specific hormone (hyperfunction) or too little (hypofunction), the hormonal imbalance can cause various complications in the body. The major glands of the endocrine system are the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreas.
- Neurological disorders: Persistent disorganization of normal motor function, including conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and traumatic brain injury.
- Mental disorders: The listings for mental disorders are arranged in nine diagnostic categories: Organic mental disorders; schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders; affective disorders; mental retardation; anxiety-related disorders; somatoform disorders; personality disorders; substance addiction disorders; and autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders.
- Cancer and malignant neoplastic diseases: Many types of cancer are covered under this category.
- Immune system disorders: Dysfunction in one or more components of your immune system.
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From offices in Wilmington and communities throughout the country, Greg Jones Law represent people seeking benefits through the federal Social Security system. Call 855-566-3752 or contact us online today to talk with our firm. We do not charge for initial consultations. If there is no recovery, you owe no legal fees.