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Disability Defined

The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a person as having a disability if: “You cannot do work that you did before; We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.” 

Qualifying Medical Conditions 

The SSA’s listing of impairments contains 14 sections qualifying disabilities fall into. If your condition is not on this list, the SSA will decide if your condition is as severe as the qualifying conditions. Each section also breaks down the required severity of symptoms required to qualify.

Musculoskeletal System

This section includes conditions that cause loss of musculoskeletal function, spine disorders, amputation, fractures, and major dysfunction of your joints.

Special Senses and Speech

This section covers problems that start to occur with your senses, including varying degrees of loss of vision, speech, and hearing.

Respiratory Disorders

The respiratory section covers conditions like cystic fibrosis, chronic respiratory disorders, lung transplant, or respiratory failure. 

Cardiovascular System

Cardiovascular conditions have to do with the heart. This can include chronic heart failure, heart transplant, aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, heart disease, and other severe cardiac conditions. 

Digestive System

With the digestive system, the SSA is looking at conditions like chronic liver disease, gastrointestinal hemorrhaging, inflammatory bowel disease, liver transplant, short bowel syndrome, and more.

Genitourinary Disorders

Genitourinary deals with the urinary and reproductive systems. The SSA considers conditions that cause chronic kidney disease, like a kidney transplant, impairment of kidney function, and hemodialysis, as qualifying. 

Hematological Disorders

Hematology has to do with blood diseases. The SSA recognizes conditions like bone marrow failure, thrombosis, hemostasis, sickle cell diseases, thalassemia, and complications of hematological disorders as qualifying. 

Skin Disorders

Qualifying skin disorders can include dermatitis, chronic infections, genetic photosensitivity disorders, and burns. 

Endocrine Disorders

The endocrine system is made up of glands that secrete hormones and other chemicals into the blood. Conditions that qualify for benefits include gland disorders affecting the thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, pancreatic, parathyroid, and more. 

Congenital Disorders

This section covers non-mosaic Down syndrome.

Neurological Disorders

Neurological conditions can include: epilepsy, cerebral palsy, parkinsonian syndrome, benign brain tumors, muscular dystrophy, neurodegenerative disorders of the central nervous system, and more. Check out their list for a more comprehensive explanation of qualifying disorders linked above.

Mental Disorders

Qualifying mental disorders can include schizophrenia, neurocognitive disorders, bipolar, anxiety, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, autism spectrum disorders, trauma disorders, and eating disorders.


This section includes a wide range of cancers, including skin, leukemia, thyroid gland, lung, liver, and pancreas cancer.

Immune System Disorders

Immune system disorders that qualify under Social Security disability include systemic sclerosis, vasculitis, and lupus erythematosus in addition to inflammatory arthritis, immune deficiency disorders, and HIV. 

Get Your Social Security Questions Answered

We hope that this gives you a better understanding of how the SSA decides if a medical condition qualifies for Social Security disability benefits. Schedule a consultation with the Law Offices of B. Adam Sagan in Broward County today!

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