Social Security Disability benefits provide vital financial support to individuals who are unable to work due to disabilities. To qualify for these benefits, it’s essential to have a disability that meets specific criteria outlined by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In this blog, we will explore the four primary types of disabilities that qualify for Social Security Disability benefits and how experienced attorneys can assist you in navigating the application process.
Physical disabilities encompass a wide range of conditions that affect an individual’s ability to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA) or work. Some common examples of physical disabilities that may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits include:
- Musculoskeletal disorders, such as severe arthritis or degenerative joint diseases
- Neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease
- Cardiovascular conditions, such as heart failure or chronic heart disease
- Respiratory illnesses like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma
- Immune system disorders, including HIV/AIDS and lupus
- Cancer, especially in advanced stages or with significant treatment side effects
To qualify for benefits based on a physical disability, you must provide medical evidence demonstrating that your condition is severe and limits your ability to work.
Mental Health Disabilities
Mental health disabilities can be just as debilitating as physical disabilities, and the SSA recognizes several mental health conditions as eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Some common mental health disabilities include:
- Major depressive disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Intellectual disabilities (intellectual developmental disorder)
To qualify for benefits based on a mental health disability, you must demonstrate that your condition significantly impairs your ability to work and function in a work environment.
Sensory disabilities primarily affect an individual’s ability to see or hear. Visual impairments and hearing loss are common sensory disabilities that may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. If you have a sensory disability that prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity, you may be eligible for benefits.
Intellectual Or Developmental Disabilities
Intellectual or developmental disabilities refer to conditions that affect an individual’s cognitive functioning and adaptive behavior. These disabilities often manifest from childhood and can continue into adulthood. Some examples of intellectual or developmental disabilities that may qualify for benefits include:
- Down syndrome
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Intellectual disability
To qualify for benefits based on an intellectual or developmental disability, it’s crucial to provide medical and psychological evidence demonstrating the severity of the condition and its impact on daily functioning.
How A Law Firm Can Assist You
Navigating the Social Security Disability application process can be challenging, especially when dealing with different types of disabilities. A Social Security disability lawyer can help you with this complicated process, including:
- Assessing your disability and its eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits
- Gathering and presenting the necessary medical and psychological evidence to support your claim
- Navigating the complex SSA rules and requirements
- Representing you in appeals if your initial application is denied
Thanks to our friends from Ted A. Greve & Associates for their insight into Social Security Disability benefit cases.