Medical Conditions Considered for Social Security Disability

Medical conditions for disability approval that are recorded in the publication are organized and grouped according to body systems. Conditions like myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), congenital heart disease and congestive heart failure are listed in the cardiovascular section, while conditions like diabetes and thyroid disorders are recorded under the endocrine section.

The Social Security Administration contains two distinct systems of acceptance for mental and physical disabilities. The first is to identify whether or not a state is included in the Social Security Disability List of Impairments. The List of Impairments is used by disability examiners and administrative law judges. Both are decision-makers who determine the outcome of title II benefits (social security disability) and Title 16 gains (SSI disability claims). This reference work is also known as the blue book.

Disability for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Your musculoskeletal system is made up of the muscles and the bones in your body that enable you to move. This includes your spine, ligaments, tendons, and joints. A problem in this area may disable you because this system encompasses many different parts of your body.

Mental Disabilities

Includes depression, stress, panic attacks, loss of cognition, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, somatoform disorders, and autism.

Digestive System Disorders

Includes liver transplantation rejection, hepatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic liver disease, and bleeding.

Cardiovascular and Blood Disorders

In assessing cardiovascular disability claims, the SSA focuses on whether your heart problems (such as the narrowing of your coronary arteries and reduced pumping capacity of the heart), restrict your functioning so much that you can’t work without risking adverse effects. Most individuals who apply for disability for heart disorders are assessed under the SSA disability listings for ischemic heart disease (coronary artery disease and heart attacks) or chronic heart failure (congestive heart failure).

The Social Security Administration (SSA) awards Social Security Disability benefits based on the type of disabling condition the claimant suffers from. These are conditions which affect an individual’s ability to get employment. The SSA’s disability list also referred to as the “Blue Book,” has a list of these medical conditions. If you are suffering from one of these conditions, then you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Medical Conditions that Qualify for Disability

The Social Security Administration’s list of impairment (also known as the blue book) lists numerous disabilities, both psychological and physical, that will automatically qualify a person for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), given the person’s condition meets, or is equal to, the criteria specified in the list.

Disability for Breathing Disorders

Breathing problems are a common reason for people to apply for disability benefits. Disorders that prevent appropriate lung function include diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis, asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema diseases like cystic fibrosis disorders. It also includes sleep apnea and cancers. For most of these diseases, the SSA awards handicap based on the results of breathing tests. For episodic disorders like asthma and recurrent infections, the SSA will look at how often you have episodes that require care.

Disability Benefits for Immune System Disorders

The immune system is responsible for protecting us from diseases, but sometimes it fails to work properly, and this might lead to disability. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome is caused when HIV infection suppresses the immune system and damages cells. On the other end of the spectrum, an abnormal immune activity which causes inflammation or the build-up of antibodies is responsible for autoimmune diseases like Grave’s disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, Hashimoto’s disease, and even psoriasis, as well as connective tissue disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma. For immune conditions, Social Security looks at how the symptoms of the disease affect and restrict your way of life.

Disability for Skin Disorders

Social Security has disability listings on skin ailments that are most likely to be disabling, including bullous disorder Ichthyosis, dermatitis, chronic skin ailments suppurative, and photosensitivity disorders. Skin cancers like melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinomas are discussed in Social Security’s cancer listings. Frequent skin lesions such as actinic keratosis, impetigo, and keratosis are not in Social Security’s listing of disabilities and are never disabling. Other skin disorders like psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, eczema, dyshidrosis (dyshidrotic eczema), and cellulitis can be eligible for Social Security or SSI disability, either through Social Security’s dermatitis listing or another disability record.

Disability for Medical Syndromes

A syndrome is a group of symptoms which characterizes an abnormal state or a disease. Some syndromes have been around so long but a definitive cause has yet to be found, while others remain syndromes though they have established ailments. Some syndromes are controversial while some have been well-established and accepted by all healthcare professionals.

Does Medical Conditions Have to Be in the Blue Book?

A Social Security disability claimant doesn’t even have to have a disability recorded in the Blue Book to be awarded disability benefits. For instance, migraine headaches aren’t contained in the book, but if a claimant’s migraines are severe enough and well-recorded, disability benefits could be allowed by the SSA if the migraines make it impossible for the applicant to work. The key here is the condition is a medically determinable disability that reduces your RFC so that you can’t perform work.

Does Medical Conditions Have to Match the Blue Book Listing?

A person filing for Social Security disability benefits does not necessarily have to meet the precise list prerequisites for a specific illness or condition (for example, rheumatoid arthritis) to be allowed disability benefits according to this condition. If Social Security considers aspects of your condition equal to the criteria in the listing or a related record, you may be awarded disability benefits. This is known as “equaling a disability listing.”

You can qualify for disability benefits if your work is limited by your condition so much that you can’t perform work or you don’t meet or equal the criteria. The SSA will then determine whether there are other jobs you can perform based on your condition.

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