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Does my physical condition qualify as a disability?

Physical ailments from birth, illness, or injury can greatly impact your daily life, including your ability to work and earn an income. Being unable to provide for yourself or your family can cause significant emotional and economic stress. Our attorneys bring more than 40 years of experience to disability cases. We will assess the strength of your case and help you get the benefits you deserve.

Common Physical Disabilities That May Qualify for SSDI


Blood disorders


Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic pain

Cystic fibrosis

Diabetes and diabetic neuropathy

Emphysema / COPD


Gastrointestinal disorders (liver disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, etc.)

Headaches / migraines

Heart disease

Joint disease (knees, shoulder, hips, etc.)

Kidney disease

Lupus and other auto-immune diseases

Multiple sclerosis

Muscular dystrophy


Parkinson’s disease

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Rheumatoid arthritis


Spine and disc disorders

This is not a full list of disorders. If you have questions concerning physical disability benefits based on your condition, please contact our experienced legal team.

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When does a physical condition qualify for disability?

To receive benefits for a physical disability, you must prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your condition severely impacts your ability to work. The specific type of injury, illness, or condition you have is not as important as its effects on your body. Proving you are too disabled to work requires you to demonstrate that your physical ailment or condition:

  • Lasts at least a year or is permanent
  • Prevents you from being able to perform workplace responsibilities in any industry

Proving a Physical Disability

The SSA requires undeniable medical evidence showing you are unable to work at your previous job or find any kind of new employment. It’s important to work with your healthcare provider to document your symptoms and treatment. The more evidence you have to support your limitations, the stronger your case will be. While you may be able to compile these records on your own, our team can help you prepare documentation.

What if I have both mental and physical disabilities?

We often see people experiencing mental disabilities in addition to their severe physical disabilities. If you have both physical and mental disabilities, proper documentation of all of your limitations ensures the SSA understands your situation completely.

SSDI for Mental Disabilities
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