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What Medical Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability?

A key part of securing your social security disability is knowing which medical conditions qualify for benefits. Many people assume that because they have a medical condition that has made it more difficult to work or prevent them from working that there will be no bumps in the road when applying for social security disability, but you’d be surprised. 

Before we list the medical conditions that all but guarantee a successful social security disability application, let’s discuss what the social security disability program is.

What is Social Security Disability?

The Social Security Administration or SSA has an impairment listing manual which is referred to as the Blue Book. In this collection of conditions, they list both physical and mental impairments that automatically qualify an applicant for social security disability benefits or supplemental security income. Each of the conditions listed includes the symptoms, tests, and limitations that a person must have in order to get approved for disability benefits, which means that even if you’ve been diagnosed with one of the medical conditions that mean you qualify, there is still a level of illness or impairment that must be reached. 

It’s important to note that even if you suffer from conditions not listed in the Social Security Administration’s blue book, it doesn’t mean you won’t qualify for social security benefits. For example, here are several common medical conditions that aren’t listed in the book but have been used to secure social security disability:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Celiac Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome

For conditions such as those, the key to security disability benefits is that must be both medically determinable impairment and reduce someone’s residual functional capacity to where they are unable to fulfill their job or any other type of work. 

What Medical Conditions Qualify for Disability?

The Social Security Administration’s listing includes a lot of information for each category that is listed below, while these are the disability conditions that qualify an applicant automatically, it is in your best interests to also review the blue book itself:

  • Cardiovascular conditions, such as heart failure or coronary artery disease
  • Respiratory illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis or asthma
  • Musculoskeletal issues, such as back and joint injuries
  • Mental disorders, such as autism, intellectual disability, anxiety, or depression
  • Senses and speech conditions, such as hearing and vision loss
  • Immune System disorders, such as HIV/AIDs, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
  • Skin disorders, such as dermatitis and soft tissue injuries
  • Digestive Tract problems, such as inflammatory bowel disease or liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia or bone marrow failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Genitourinary problems

Also included are various other syndromes, such as Sjogren’s Syndrome and Marfan Syndrome. To ensure you meet the disability conditions, we encourage you to review the blue book from the Social Security Administration, as well as speak with a social security disability attorney. 

Help Securing Benefits for Your Conditions

If worried or confused with the social security disability application process, it’s best to discuss your concerns with a social security disability attorney to ensure you get what is rightfully yours. Here at Marken Law Group, we have a thorough understanding of the social security disability process as well as the appeals process. We understand how stressful getting your rightful disability benefits can be and don’t want to add to your plate during such an uneasy time. We have represented hundreds of claimants in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and California to obtain what is rightfully theirs. We focus on your individual needs and bring our extensive experience to help guide you through. 

Getting what you need to live and have what you deserve is too important to leave to chance. Partner with an experienced ally that is by your side from start to finish. Above all though, having qualified social security lawyers to help you through this process to better secure your benefits.