Which Conditions Qualify as a Disability?

by Bill B. Berke on Jul. 15, 2020

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Summary: There are many medical conditions that can qualify you for receiving social security disability. To know all details about eligibility criteria, referring to the listings of ‘The Blue Book’ will be beneficial.

Which Conditions Qualify as a Disability?


More than 10 million people in the US receive SSD benefits. However, there are certain conditions, or eligibility criteria, set by the Social Security Administration (SSA) department. All the conditions that qualify for disability benefits have been listed in the Blue Book, or the Listing of Impairments. You can refer to that document to determine whether you are eligible for the disability benefits or not. Some conditions are not listed in the Blue Book, but just because your disease is not listed does not mean you are automatically ineligible. If your disease is severe and affects your ability to work, you can still qualify for benefits. If your condition is not in the Blue Book, an experienced disability lawyer can talk to you about your condition and help you determine if you qualify. 


The following are some of the disability conditions recognized by the Social Security Administration. These are the conditions that qualify you for receiving benefits:


Cardiovascular system 


Cardiovascular diseases are diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. You may get disability benefits if you are suffering from any severe condition related to the heart or blood vessels. Some of the common cardiovascular diseases that qualify for the benefits are:


  • Heart failure

  • Blood clots

  • Heart valve disorder

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

  • Heart transplants

  • Chest pain

  • High cholesterol

  • Peripheral arterial disease


Digestive system


Digestive diseases may range from very mild to very serious. If you have a severe gastrointestinal issue, you will have difficulty doing everyday work, and it can limit your ability to function correctly. The following are the conditions related to the digestive system that may qualify for the social security disability:  


  • Colon cancer

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Hepatitis

  • Leaky gut syndrome

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Gastroparesis

  • Glycogen storage disease


Endocrine system


Your endocrine system affects various parts of the body. It can affect hormonal levels and overall well-being of your body. A common example of an endocrine system disease is diabetes. It is a severe disease that can damage your organs and can even lead to some life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, and kidney diseases. The following are some of the endocrine disorders that may qualify for the disability benefits:


  • Diabetes

  • Adrenal gland disorders

  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Pancreas transplant

  • Hypoglycaemia and Hyperglycaemia

  • Thyroid gland disorders

  • Pancreatic Gland disorders

  • Pituitary gland disorders


Genitourinary Impairments


Infections or diseases related to the urinary and genital organs can be severe. They can damage your urinary tract, your kidney, or other related organs. These impairments may lead to the shutdown of major organs and become life-threatening. If you are suffering from a genitourinary impairment, there are chances that you will experience difficulty in your everyday life. This impairment may affect your ability to move and function, which deteriorates the quality of your life. The following are some of the genitourinary impairments that may qualify for the disability benefits:


  • Chronic obstructive uropathy 

  • Kidney transplant

  • Nephrotic syndrome

  • Kidney failure

  • Interstitial cystitis


Hematologic diseases


This category includes rare or genetic blood disorders. These diseases affect blood and blood-forming organs, which can change your life completely. The following are some of the conditions for which you may qualify for disability benefits: 


  • Chronic anemia

  • Chronic liver disease

  • Liver diseases

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Gilbert’s syndrome

  • Chronic anemia

  • Macroglobulinemia

  • Chronic granulocytopenia

  • Hemochromatosis

  • Multiple Myeloma


Immune system diseases


Your immune system protects your body from harmful substances, germs, and cell changes. A weakened immune system can make you vulnerable to many other diseases like pneumonia or the flu. The following are the immune system disorders listed in the Blue Book for which you may qualify for receiving benefits:


  • Lupus

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)


  • Scleroderma

  • System vasculitis


If you suffer from a disease that is not listed above, you can still explore your chances of receiving disability benefits. For more information and the complete details about eligibility and other details, you can refer to https://www.ssa.gov/


To better understand your chance of qualifying to receive benefits for your ailment, talk to our experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer Fort Myers. Berke Law Firm, P.A. can determine your eligibility, help with your initial application process and in repealing after a denial, gather necessary documents, talk to social security officials on your behalf, and stay by your side throughout the legal process.

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