• What Constitutes a Qualifying Impairment for Social Security Disability Benefits?

    While there are many ailments workers face that undermine their ability to work, in order to receive disability benefits, your disability must meet the set of requirements established by the Social Security Administration. The list of qualifying impairments can be long, complicated, and open to interpretation and you should always enlist the help of knowledgeable Social Security disability attorneys, like the ones at Murray, Rose & Associates, for help in determining your eligibility. However, we have compiled many of the most common qualifying impairments below to help potential clients begin the disability benefits application process.

  • Musculoskeletal Disabilities – It may be obvious, but any severe injury or illness that affects your muscles or bones will surely affect your ability to do your job. Whether from heredity or injury, if it’s severe enough and shows no sign of improvement with treatment or time, it may qualify for disability benefits.
    Senses and Speech Disabilities – Debilitating illnesses or injuries to your senses, including blindness, deafness, untreatable vertigo, and others, might qualify you for disability benefits if they severely impact your ability to work.
    Respiratory Disabilities – A breathing problem that cannot be treated to allow you to perform your regular work duties may qualify for benefits. These problems can include severe asthma, COPD, pulmonary hypertension, chronic heart failure, cystic fibrosis, cancer, and other illnesses.
    Cardiovascular Disabilities – Heart and circulatory disorders are no laughing matter and can seriously impact your life in many ways. Whether congenital or caused due to disease, if cardiovascular disabilities are significant enough to keep you from performing substantial work, and have the medical documentation to support it, you may qualify for benefits.
    Digestive System Disabilities – There are some digestive tract issues that can become serious enough to impact your ability to work and may qualify for disability benefits. This category can also include disorders of the liver or other organs that are related to digestion. • Genitourinary Disabilities – Kidney diseases commonly qualify for disability benefits if they are severe enough. These can present themselves due to many different causes and can impact one’s ability to work.
    Hematological Disabilities – Blood and bone marrow diseases can end in disability benefits when they lead to significant impairments in the ability to work.
    Skin Disorder Disabilities – From ichthyosis and chronic skin infections to burns or genetic disorders, severe skin ailments can lead to the inability to perform work and may qualify for disability benefits.
    Endocrine Disabilities – Common examples of glandular issues that may qualify for benefits include thyroid disorders, adrenal gland disorders, and diabetes. If evaluations and treatments cannot improve these issues, they may impact your ability to work.
    Neurological Disabilities – Brain and nervous system ailments can affect your body in any number of ways. Brain tumors, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and other impairments have the potential to be severely disabling and may qualify for benefits if they keep you from working.
    Mental Disabilities – Mental illnesses are actually quite common. While some can be properly treated, ones that can’t have the potential to be debilitating, preventing you from performing your job duties. In this case, they would qualify for disability benefits.
    Cancer Disabilities – Everyone knows how serious a cancer diagnosis can be. While every case is different, cancer can result in serious disabilities that can prevent meaningful work and qualify you for benefits.
    Immune System Disabilities – Immune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS, and others can impact every aspect of your life – including your ability to work. If the disorder severely limits your ability to earn an income, even with treatment, you may qualify for disability benefits.

  • At Murray, Rose & Associates, we are dedicated to helping local area clients receive the Social Security benefits they need to live their lives while dealing with a disability. When you choose to work with us, we will make sure you understand every aspect of your case. Our law office fights for disabled clients every day – let us help you, too!

  • Common Qualifying Impairments for Social Security Disability Can Include:

  • • Anemia
    • Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • Asperger Syndrome
    • Asthma & COPD
    • Ataxia
    • Autism
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Blindness and Visual Impairments
    • Cancer
    • Carpal Tunnel
    • Chronic Fatigue
    • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
    • Crohn’s Disease
    • CRPS
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
    • Diabetes
    • Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes

  • • Fibromyalgia
    • Hashimoto’s Disease
    • Headaches
    • Hepatitis C and Liver Disease
    • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Huntington’s Disease
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Ischemic Heart Disease
    • Kidney Disease
    • Liver Disease
    • Lupus
    • Lyme Disease
    • Marfan Syndrome
    • Meniere’s Disease
    • Mental Conditions
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Muscular Dystrophy

  • • Myelofibrosis
    • Obesity
    • OCD
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Pancreatitis
    • Personality Disorders
    • Psoriasis
    • PTSD
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Schizophrenia
    • Seizures
    • Sickle Cell Anemia
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Stroke
    • Thyroid Disorders
    • Traumatic Brain Injuries
    • Ulcerative Colitis