Do you have an illness or other physical condition that is preventing you from working? You may have considered the possibility of filing a Social Security Disability claim, but wondered whether you qualify. The Social Security Disability system has a set list of diseases that is used to determine whether a person qualifies for disability.
Diseases that qualify for Social Security Disability claims
The working term for Social Security Disability qualification is “medically determinable impairment.” In other words, you should have some condition that is identified by medical diagnosis that impairs your ability to work. Generally the impairment should make it medically impossible for you to work for at least 12 months in order for you to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
There are a large range of diseases that can qualify under the SSD definitions including lupus, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, bipolar disorder, diabetes, cancer, lung disease, congestive heart failure and hepatitis C.
Social Security Disability blue book
Social Security Disability has an impairment list manual that gives names of specific diseases and conditions that qualify for disability claims. If your impairment is not specifically listed, then you may still qualify if a medical evaluation establishes that you are both unable to return to your former work, and you are unable to perform other types of work based on your age, qualifications, and physical and mental condition.
In order to find out for sure if you are qualified, it is often recommended to consult an attorney experienced in Social Security Disability law. Your doctor or professional health adviser may also be able to give you appropriate recommendations on whether you qualify.