Are you suffering from a condition that prevents you from living a normal life and engaging in work, schooling, or other necessary functions? Are you suffering in silence without seeking assistance because you don’t think that your condition will qualify as a disability for the purpose of applying for the Social Security Disability (SSD) program? If this is the case, you should take a look at some of the most common conditions that qualify people for SSD benefits.
The definition of “disabled”
The Social Security Administration uses a five-step test to determine whether a condition qualifies as a disability that requires benefits.
A condition will qualify as a disability for purposes of the program if it is currently preventing you from working, if it is severe, if it is on their list of legitimate medical conditions, if it prevents you from returning to the work you did before the condition, and if it will continue to prevent you from working in the future.
Top 10 most common conditions that qualify as disabilities
The most common conditions that qualify someone for SSD benefits include:
- Muscle and joint disorders – such as back injuries and arthritis
- Mental disorders – such as PTSD and schizophrenia
- Heart conditions
- Spine and nerve disorders – such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis
- Respiratory disorders – such as emphysema and asthma
- Accidents and injuries
- Kidney and reproductive organ disorders
- Immune system and metabolic disorders – such as gout and diabetes
- Digestive system disorders – such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
Social Security Disability benefits serve an important function in our society. These benefits provide for the needs of people who cannot adequately provide for themselves due to their conditions. If you are suffering from a condition that makes it hard to support yourself or your family, apply for SSD benefits today.
Denied claims are common
Don’t be dismayed if your initial application is denied. This is very common and is not an indication that you aren’t qualified for benefits.