Qualifying Impairments for SSD

Many people think that because they have the same disability as somebody else who is receiving benefits, they will automatically be granted.

This isn’t the case. The name of the disability isn’t as important as how disabling it is.

For instance, many people have epilepsy, or seizure problems. Some people only have seizures once every few years.

A disability application with this claim wouldn’t be granted. Some people have them every day.

An application with a supported claim like this would likely be granted. The Social Security administration has set some guidelines for different disabilities.

Social Security Administration Impairment & Disability Guidelines

  • Musculoskeletal System: Disorders such as loss of function due to any cause, such as disorders of the spine, amputation, fractures, or soft tissue injuries, including burns.
  • Special Senses and Speech: Refers to visual and hearing impairments and loss of speech.
  • Respiratory System: Problems with the respiratory system include: chronic pulmonary insufficiency, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and pneumoconiosis.
  • Cardiovascular System: Any disorder that affects the proper functionality of the heart or circulatory system (Arteries, veins, etc.).
  • Digestive System: Disorders in this area may include: gastrointestinal hemorrhage, hepatic (liver) dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, and malnutrition.
  • Genitourinary Impairments: This includes renal function impairments and nephrotic syndrome.
  • Hematological Disorders: Includes chronic anemia, sickle cell disease, chronic thrombocytopenia, and others.
  • Skin Disorders: Such as ichthyosis, bullous disease, and chronic infections of the skin.
  • Endocrine Disorders: Can cause hormonal imbalances to the body and major glands such as the pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands.
  • Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems: Such as Down syndrome.
  • Neurological: Includes epilepsy, brain tumors, parkinsonian disease, and spinal cord or nerve root lesions.
  • Mental Disorders: Mental disorders include: schizophrenia, mental retardation, personality disorders, andanxiety-related disorders.
  • Malignant Neoplastic Diseases: Includes lymphoma, leukemia, soft skin tumors, and multiple myeloma.
  • Immune System Disorders: Such as lupus, sclerosis, and vasculitis.

Click here to learn more about the SSA’s list of impairments.

Questions About Impairments & Disabilities

If you have questions about the Social Security Administration’s list of impairments and disabilities, call Jared Everton and the SSD team at JacksonWhite Law. We can help you understand more about impairments and the SSD application process in general.

Call JacksonWhite at (480) 467-4395 to discuss your case today.

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