Impairments that Qualify for Social Security Benefits

Do you have a disability or impairment that severely impacts your quality of life and prevents you from working or performing routine tasks at least part of the time? If so, then you may qualify for social security disability benefits. Social Security benefits can provide you with a form of income to make up for the lost income that your disability or impairment causes.

Here is a list of conditions that qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits. If you have any of these conditions, there is a very good chance that you could be eligible for Social Security Benefits.

Musculoskeletal Problems – These include back injuries, or anything that has a strong negative impact on your spine or muscles, such as herniated discs or degenerative disc disease.

Cardiovascular Conditions – Examples of cardiovascular conditions include coronary artery disease and heart failure.

Sensory and Speech Issues – Sensory and speech issues are issues that impair your vision, speech, hearing, taste, smell, or sense of touch.

Respiratory Illnesses – Respiratory illnesses include asthma, COPD, and other issues that affect the respiratory system and the breathing process.

Mental Disorders – Examples include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, and retardation.

Immune System Disorders – These are illness that have a strong negative impact on the immune system, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and AIDS.

Neurological Disorders – Neurological disorders affect the brain in a serious way. Examples include Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy.

Malignant Neoplastic Diseases – These include cancers such as brain cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia.

Skin Disorders – Cellulitis, dermatitis, and Hidradenitis Suppurativa are all examples of skin disorders that could allow you to qualify for Social Security benefits.

Multiple Body System Impairments – These impairments are ones that affect more than just one body system. Examples include Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Hematological Disorders – Hematological disorders are blood disorders. Many of these disorders are permanent and do not have cures at this moment. Examples of hematological disorders are Sickle Cell Disease, Chronic Anemia, hemolytic anemia, and hemophilia.

Genitourinary Impairments – These are diseases that involve the reproductive organs and the urinary system. Examples of these type of impairments include kidney failure and renal disease.

Endocrine System Impairments – The endocrine system is the system that is responsible for secreting various type of hormones. Illnesses that have a negative impact on this system are called endocrine system impairments. Examples of these types of illnesses include obesity and thyroid disorders.

Digestive System Disorders – There are many people in the United States who suffer from various types of digestive disorders. These disorders include conditions such as Chron’s Disease, Celiac Disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and diverticulitis.

Various Syndromes – There are a number of syndromes and disorders that do not necessarily fall under any of the other categories. These syndromes and disorders are often referred to as “various syndromes.” Examples of various syndromes include Sjogren’s Syndrome, and Marfan Syndrome. Although various syndromes do not fall under any of the normal categories, they too can be very disabling and can have a severe negative impact on your ability to work and perform routine tasks required for life.

Other Key Information

The Social Security Administration uses a manual called the Blue Book to qualify people for Social Security benefits. So, if your symptoms and/or diagnosis corresponds to a disorder listed in the Blue Book, and if a doctor has diagnosed you with this disorder, then you should qualify for disability. Your symptoms do not necessarily have to match up perfectly with the Blue Book description of the disorder to qualify for disability. However, your symptoms have to be equivalent to the criteria in the book.

Elliot Marks

Elliot Marks

Author & Social Security Advisor

Elliot Marks has spent over 10 years providing clear and concise information to help Americans navigate the complex nuances of social security and many other government services in the United States. Elliot has a passion for helping those in need of these services to be able to find timely access to news and information that is relevant and helpful to their daily lives.