Five Common Diseases that Qualify for SSD

Posted by Administrator - January 22, 2011 - Disability Claim, social security disability list of impairments - No Comments


Social Security Disability Scheme works for those who are physically or mentally incapable of working due to a disability. The program has been introduced to give monetary support to the disabled to cover their medical bills and make a living. However, in order to get this assistance, one needs to apply for it and the best way to do go about it is by hiring an experienced SSD lawyer. An attorney will know how to proceed, what information to provide and ultimately reduce your chances of getting your application rejected.

Social Security Association has enlisted the diseases that they mostly deal with and that can qualify for disability benefits. The most common five disorders are discussed below –

Endocrine System Disorders

Endocrine System Disorders include Diabetes, Neuropathy and Obesity.

Diabetes causes damage to the nervous system, renal and vascular system. A diabetic patient doesn’t get approved only by meeting the requirements of the listing, other conditions like kidney dysfunction, arthritis and hypertension are also considered. Diabetes has not been described by differentiating between Type I and Type II. Consequently, your doctor will be the best source of information and you can also consult with an SSD lawyer to get the insight.

Neuropathy is neurological disorder to the peripheral nervous system which is often caused by Diabetes Mellitus. Other causes are HIV, cancer, genetic disorders and nutritional deficiencies. Applicants get social security based on Neuropathy but it depends on the severity of the disease and its underlying cause.

Obesity is no longer recognized as a disability. However, it can still qualify for SSD benefits if the condition has lead to other impairments like blood pressure, chronic poor circulation etc.

Mental Disorders

Any individual that has been determined a mental disorder and who is unable to work for 12 months or more gets approved for SSD benefits. There are different mental – Psychological, Cognitive and Psychiatric disorders that come under this criterion. These are anxiety disorder, autism, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, drug addiction, mood disorder, panic attacks, PTSD, and schizophrenia.

Heart Failure

The evidence of chronic heart failure should be provided to the SSD by systolic failure or diastolic failure. Anyone meeting the medical condition for heart failure as described by the SSD could get benefits – all the requirements and different types of failure has been categorized in the social security evaluation book.

Neurological Disorder

Neurological disorders include traumatic brain surgery, stroke, seizure, and neuropathy. Seizure or epilepsy is either convulsive or non-convulsive. While convulsive occur at daytime and are less frequent, non-convulsive seizures occur at night and hinder with the nest day’s activity. Stroke patients are evaluated 3 months after a stroke that caused either expressive deficits or physical impairments. Traumatic brain injury claimants are evaluated by criteria set for organic mental disorders and neurological disorders.

Vision Loss

If the claimants vision in both the eyes after contacts or glasses is worse than 20/200, he will qualify for disability benefits. But, if one eye of the claimant meets the requirements of the listing and the other doesn’t, then he will not qualify.

Whether or not you get approved for the SSD scheme depends on severity of your disease. The list of diseases that Social Security Association qualifies is extensive. If your disability is not on the list then it doesn’t mean you can’t qualify. But, if it is then also there are chances that you might not qualify. Hence, it is better to take contact an SSD lawyer who can let you know if your case is strong.