What Conditions Qualify For Disability?

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits you must meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) strict guidelines for eligibility.

The SSA bases these guidelines on a five-step process, which evaluates:

  • your current work status,
  • the severity of your medical condition,
  • whether your disability is listed on the SSA’s list of impairments,
  • your ability to do the work you did before, and
  • if there is any other work you can do.

Additional Qualifiers

The SSA will also consider your age and the number of years you have worked and paid Social Security taxes. Those who have reached retirement age and those who have not earned enough “work credits” or periods of paid Social Security taxes, will not qualify for benefits.

You must also suffer from a medical condition that is considered disabling by the SSA. These conditions can include, but are not limited to:

  • blindness or deafness
  • breathing problems
  • cancer
  • chronic heart disease
  • extreme psoriasis involving hands and feet
  • HIV positive
  • immune system disorders
  • mental disorders
  • multiple sclerosis
  • neurological disorders
  • obesity
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • seizures despite the use of medication
  • other severe medical conditions

Social Security Disability cases likely to be referred.