Thousands of disabilities can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The SSA offers monthly resources to anyone in need who is unable to work due to their illness. That being said, some conditions qualify more often than others. These are the top 10 conditions that qualify for disability benefits:
- Heart Disease
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Respiratory Illness
- Mental Illness
- Nervous System Disorders
- Immune System Disorders
If you have any of the above disorders, there is a good chance of your disability claim being approved. Be sure to get help by taking a Free Case Evaluation to see if you qualify for disability benefits today.
Arthritis and other musculoskeletal disabilities are the most commonly approved conditions for disability benefits. If you are unable to walk due to arthritis, or unable to perform dexterous movements like typing or writing, you will qualify.
2. Heart Disease
Heart disease is one of the most deadly conditions in the US, killing tens of thousands per year. There are many types of heart disease that can qualify, such as a congenital heart defect or congestive heart failure.
3. Degenerative Disc Disease
Another musculoskeletal disorder, DDD typically affects adults age 60+ and can be so disabling, you may not be able to walk. Someone can also qualify with DDD if they can prove that they cannot sit in one position for more than two hours due to pain.
4. Respiratory Illness
A surprisingly high number of people qualify for Social Security disability with respiratory illnesses. One of the most common conditions is COPD, which can be life-threatening.
5. Mental Illnesses
You may have not expected it, but almost 20% of people who receive Social Security disability benefits have a mental illness such as autism, or a mood disorder like depression or anxiety. The reason why so many people are approved with mood disorders in particular is because 1 of every 4 Americans has some type of mood-based disability. A mental illness does not guarantee you benefits, but is still in the top 10 conditions that qualify for disability.
Nearly everyone’s life has been impacted by cancer in some form. Most cancers will qualify at stage III or beyond, but some types of particularly aggressive cancer, such as liver cancer, will qualify with just a diagnosis.
A stroke is another common, yet deadly illness. Some people never fully recover after a stroke. If you’re unable to walk without assistance or communicate verbally or non-verbally, you will qualify for disability.
8. Nervous System Disorders
These include conditions such as epilepsy or cerebral palsy. If you have epilepsy for example, you may qualify if you have more than one tonic-clonic seizure per month, you may be eligible.
Diabetes alone is not a disabling condition, as millions are able to manage their diabetes. When diabetes does become a disabling condition, however, is when complications become so severe it affects your daily living. If you’re too obese to walk, you will qualify. If you have glaucoma that makes you legally blind, you will also qualify.
10. Immune System Disorders
Immune system disorders can include viruses like HIV, or autoimmune illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis. Depending on your ability to work, you may be eligible with this form of arthritis as well.
What Other Conditions Qualify for Disability?
If your condition is mentioned on Social Security's Listing of Impairments, the first step is to have your doctor diagnose the disease.
Only a few illnesses, such as ALS, an organ transplant, or certain dangerous cancers, such as esophageal cancer, mucosal melanoma, anaplastic carcinoma of the thyroid gland, or small-cell carcinoma, will result in automatic disability approval (of the prostate, ovaries, breast, lungs, pleura, intestines, or bladder). The next step for all other conditions is to see if your medical condition satisfies the precise requirements for that ailment.
If you haven't had the clinical or laboratory tests listed, you can request them from your doctor. You can also wait for the SSA to pay for a consultation test, but this will prolong the processing of your claim.
It is preferable if the test results are already in your medical record when you apply. Then you may see if your test results fulfill the listing's requirements, and if they do or are close, you can apply for disability.
How to Qualify
You may be eligible for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration if you are unable to work due to a debilitating condition. The SSA offers two programs to help those who are unable to work: Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Both of these schemes provide monthly disability benefits to eligible applicants.
Preparing and presenting appropriate medical proof from your physicians can substantially improve your chances of the Social Security Administration making a speedier decision on your claim. This medical evidence supports your claim and demonstrates to the Social Security Administration that you are disabled.
Filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits with the SSA might help you pay for your expensive medical costs. However, it's critical to show the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your disease has permanently affected your lifestyle.
The procedure of applying for SSDI can be time-consuming. Due to a lack of adequate medical proof and records, initial claims are frequently rejected.
A Social Security disability attorney may help you through the application process and ensure that your claim is well-supported. An attorney will know what documents to keep when you see different specialists to enhance your chances of a successful claim.
None of the above listed top 10 conditions “automatically” qualify for disability benefits, meaning that you might need help getting approved. To speak with someone who can help you with your Social Security disability claim, fill out our Free Disability Evaluation.