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What medical conditions qualify for Social Security disability?


One important question disabled individuals might have is what medical conditions qualify for Social Security disability benefits. There are different methods to qualify for SSD benefits and it is important to understand the different processes. Qualifying for SSD benefits can be essential for the daily needs of many disabled individuals, which is why it is important to understand how to apply for benefits.

The Social Security Administration keeps a "Listing of Medical Impairments" that generally qualify for SSD benefits. If the disabled individual suffers from a disabling medical condition that is not on the list, they can still file an SSD claim under the Social Security Administration's eligibility guidelines. Medical conditions that generally qualify for SSD benefits are broken down into categories.

Categories of medical conditions that may qualify for SSD benefits include: musculoskeletal problems; sense or speech issues; respiratory illnesses; cardiovascular conditions; problems with the digestive tract; neurological disorders; blood disorders; mental disorders; and immune system disorders. Applicants for disability benefits may still be able to qualify for SSD benefits if their medical condition is not on the list, provided the medical condition is supported by clinical reports and their disability is based on a determination of the applicant's exertion level as a result of the medical condition they suffer from. It is also important whenever applying for SSD benefits to provide necessary medical evidence and reports.

SSD benefits can be a lifeline for many disabled individuals who are unable to work to support themselves because of a disabling medical condition. Knowing how to prepare an application for benefits and understanding when benefits can be obtained is crucial for disabled individuals to understand.

Source: FindLaw, "Medical Conditions that Qualify You for Disability Claims," Accessed April 9, 2018

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