If you are unable to work due to a disabling injury or serious illness, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
One of the first things you should do if you believe you may be eligible to receive disability benefits is to review the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments. This can help you determine whether or not you qualify for SSDI. If your condition isn’t listed on the SSA’s list of qualifying ailments, you could still be eligible for SSDI benefits if your disability keeps you from working.
How do I know if my disability is on the List of Impairments?
Fourteen categories make up the list of medical conditions that could make you eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. These disability categories include:
- Musculoskeletal System
- Speech and Senses
- Respiratory System
- Cardiovascular System
- Digestive System
- Genitourinary Disorders
- Hematological Disorders
- Skin and Dermatological Disorders
- Endocrine Disorders
- Congenital Disorders
- Neurological Disorders
- Mental Disorders
- Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
- Immune System Disorders
For a full list of qualifying disabilities and detailed descriptions, visit the Social Security Administration website at www.ssa.gov.
Should I ask a doctor about my disability?
It can be difficult to know if your condition matches the description of a particular impairment on the SSA’s list. It may help to talk with your doctor before considering filing an application to receive Social Security disability benefits. Your doctor should be able to help you understand the List of Impairments and whether you qualify for SSDI. Your doctor should also order special testing to prove your disability matches one on the list.
What if my condition isn’t on the List of Impairments?
Just because your specific disability doesn’t match one of the conditions on the list, that doesn’t mean you aren’t eligible for disability benefits. If your illness or impairment is serious enough to keep you from working, you could still qualify to receive SSDI benefits. In many cases, your condition may be included on the list, but may have different symptoms or impairments than what’s described on the list.
How can a lawyer help me with my claim?
To strengthen your chances for approval, it is important to talk to an experienced Social Security Disability attorney. Even if you were denied the first time around – as most applicants are – a Social Security lawyer can help you file an appeal to get the disability benefits you deserve. At the Disparti Law Group, P.A., our knowledgeable SSDI attorneys help prepare the strongest claim possible and help our clients get the Social Security Disability benefits they need!