What Qualifies as a Physical Disability?

The Social Security Administration has a list of both physical and mental impairments that might qualify a person for disability benefits. If you suffer from an illness or have suffered an injury that interferes with your ability to perform your job, you may have a physical disability that will qualify you for disability benefits.

In general, here is a list of common physical disabilities that would qualify you for benefits:
  • 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

When it comes to obtaining benefits, the type of injury you have is not as an important as the impact it has on your ability to do your job.  With that said, you must be prepared to prove your illness or physical injury is valid and preventing you from working.

Proving your physical disability

Proving that you are too disabled to work at your regular job or at any other job requires you to provide indisputable medical evidence to the Social Security Administration. You may be able to do this on your own, but we can help you prepare the documentation you need to prove your physical disability and win benefits.

What if I have both a mental and physical disability?

We often see clients experience depression and anxiety as a result of their physical disability.  If you have both a physical and mental disability, it is important that you get the proper documentation in place to ensure your situation is fully understood by those reviewing your case for eligibility.

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