What Medical Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI?

While the Social Security Administration has a comprehensive list of acceptable physical and mental disabilities that a person can have to qualify for benefits, not many people realize that this list is not absolute.
If a person has a condition that is similar to one on the list, or is otherwise so severe that it limits your functionality and capacity to perform all levels of work.
Given the subjective nature that is involved in the Social Security Administration’s evaluation of medical conditions, qualifying for social security disability benefits is not always as straightforward as it should be.
To help demystify the process, here is a look at the various medical conditions that qualify a person for social security disability benefits, as listed by the blue book.

List of Medical Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Senses and speech issues
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Neurological disorders
  • Mental disorders
  • Immune system disorders
  • Various syndromes
  • Skin disorders
  • Digestive tract problems
  • Kidney disease and genitourinary problems, and
  • Cancer
  • Hematological disorders
Social Security Disability Claim

Close up of approved Social Security Disability Claim Form

Who to  Qualifies For Social Security Disability Benefit.


The Social Security Administration uses a number of conditions listed in the blue book to determine whether someone qualifies for SSD or SSI benefits.


These conditions include, but are not limited to, the following: back injuries, heart disease, asthma, hearing and vision loss, mental disorders, and cancer. For a full list, please visit the Social Security Administration’s website.


If You Don’t Qualify


As mentioned previously, even though your condition isn’t listed in the blue book, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t still qualify for some form of social security disability benefits.


If the Social Security Administration finds that your condition is similar in its symptoms to one on the list, then you might qualify through a process referred to as “equaling a disability listing.”


There have been plenty of instances in the past of a person having a condition that wasn’t listed in the blue book, but was so severe that the Social Security Administration had no choice but to rule in their favor.


One of the most common conditions that are awarded in this manner are migraines. Despite not being listed in the blue book, particularly severe migraines are considered strong enough to prevent a person from fully functioning and being capable of performing common work tasks.


If you think that your condition is listed in the blue book, or might be similar enough to qualify, then you should contact an attorney and have them guide you through the remaining process.


Qualifying is just the first step of a process that involves evaluations, medical history reviews, and a whole host of other issues that only an experienced attorney can help you with.

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