A person may be considered disabled depending on the severity of the health condition he or she is suffering from.

Also, the disability must be severe enough to prevent a person from work activity.

Here’s a list for social security disabilities, impairments, and types of medical conditions that may get you qualified for insurance benefits.

  • AIDS
  • ALS
  • Anemia


  • Angina
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma - Respiratory disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carpal tunnel and other hand impairments
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical spine - Orthopedic disorders
  • Circulatory problems
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Disorders of the eyes and ears
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Hips - Orthopedic disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Leukemia
  • Liver disease
  • Lower back - Orthopedic disorders
  • Lung disease
  • Lupus
  • Lymphomas
  • Mental retardation
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurological Diseases and disorders
  • Organic brain syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Paranoid disorder
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Personality disorder
  • Psychotic disorder
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Shoulders, knees, ankles and feet - Orthopedic disorders
  • Side effects of medications and treatment
  • Skin disorders
  • Somatoform disorder
  • Stroke

In order to qualify to receive disability insurance one must:

  • Have previously worked in jobs covered by Social Security through their FICA taxes
  • Suffer fro a health condition that meets the government's definition of disability
  • Have an impairment that may last for at least 1 year or results in death

General Information

The average social security benefit is $1200/month (including retirement and survivor benefits). The payments could go to as much as $2500/month for high wage earners. Receiving worker's comp income can reduce a social security disability benefit.

In 2012, more than 3.2 million people have applied for the either Social Security Disability or Supplemental Social Security Income in the U.S. Some predict funds will dry up by 2017 if the federal government doesn’t take action.

Claims have increased by 25% over the past 5 years, and have created a backlog of over 1 million overdue follow-up reviews for current recipients. 

SSD denial rates are also continuing to climb to historical levels. For that reason, it is always a good idea to hire a social security disability law firm to help with the application process and increase your chances of approval.

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