One way to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, is to show that you have a severe impairment that meets or equals a listed impairment. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has laid out specific types and severities of impairments that qualify as disabilities.
If your severe impairment meets or equals a listed impairment, you will likely qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Even if your particular disorder is not listed, if it is substantially similar to disorders in the listings, you can prove your impairment is a disability that qualifies you for SSD benefits.
The most important factor considered by the SSA is your medical records. The types of evidence needed to prove your claim depend on your impairment. At Reitan Law Office, PLLC, our lawyers know the types of medical evidence given weight by the SSA and build strong claims to increase our clients' chances of getting approved for SSD.
Psychological and emotional disabilities can be more difficult to prove. Make sure you clearly demonstrate your need for disability benefits on your initial application.
14 Impairments That Can Qualify For SSD Benefits By Meeting A Listing
- Musculoskeletal system impairments — Spine disorders, amputations, fractures to the upper or lower body, soft tissue injuries and other joint dysfunction
- Special senses and speech — Such as visual, speech and hearing impairments
- Respiratory system — Including asthma, cystic fibrosis and other chronic, persistent lung infections
- Cardiovascular system — Impairments like chronic heart failure, arrhythmias, congenital heart disease and aneurysms
- Digestive system — Liver disease, bowel disorders and other intestinal issues
- Genitourinary impairments — Including neuropathy, osteoporosis and renal function impairments
- Hematological disorders — Anemia, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders
- Skin disorders — Such as dermatitis, burns, genetic photosensitivity disorders and other chronic skin infections
- Endocrine disorders — Such as thyroid and adrenal gland disorders
- Congenital disorders — Disorders that affect multiple body system
- Neurological disorders — Including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's and other spinal or muscular disorders
- Mental disorders — Including intellectual, anxiety, personality and affective disorders
- Malignant neoplastic diseases — Including leukemia, lymphoma and soft tissue tumors
- Immune system disorders — Such as lupus, HIV and other immune deficiency disorders
If you do not meet or equal a Listing you likely will need to show that you have a residual functional capacity that precludes all gainful employment. However, that role is softened for those who cannot do their past work (work performed in the last 15 years) and are over age 50. Click here for more information on over age 50 claims.
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For more information about SSD and SSI benefits, contact our firm at 952-448-2800, 507-388-1800, 612-424-6011 or complete our intake form. Our attorneys are available to answer your questions and guide your claim. Our offices are conveniently located throughout southwest Minnesota in Chaska, Mankato and Minneapolis.