What Qualifies as a Physical Disability?

If you suffer from an illness or have suffered an injury that interferes with your ability to perform your job, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. You may even have more than one medical condition, and it is the combination of all of your impairments that keeps you from working.

Proving that you are too disabled to work at your regular job or at any other job requires providing indisputable medical evidence to the Social Security Administration. Some claimants can handle this alone, but many find it extremely helpful to retain an attorney who, like the attorneys at Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys at Law, has handled thousands of SSD claims. The statistics show that claims processed with the help of an attorney significantly increase a claimant’s chance of receiving benefits.

SSA will ask these questions:

Are you currently working, and what is your income? If you are not earning wages or your income is below a certain level, you may be eligible.

Are your impairments “severe” ? Do they interfere with any of your basic work functions?

How does your condition compare to those on SSA’s list of impairments? If it is comparable, you may qualify.

Can you return to your previous work? A “no” to this and the following question may mean you are eligible.

Are you able to do some other work? The SSA will consider your medical conditions, your level of education, your age, and skill levels when determining the answer to this question.

Below is a list of physical conditions that may qualify you for SSD:

  • AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Emphysema/Lung disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Heart Disease
  • Lupus and other auto-immune disases
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Seizures

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