Disorders That Qualify for Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a complex framework of departments and decision makers that administers Social Security, a program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits. The SSA has a very specific list of disabilities and disorders that qualify for these benefits.

Social Security Disability benefits are in place to help people who are impaired or physically disabled such that they cannot work to earn a living. We often receive calls from people with specific illnesses or injuries who ask if their condition will qualify them for benefits. There is no bright line rule out there that tells is what the SSA will decide about your initial claim, but the following list of impairments or disabilities is currently recognized for benefits:

  • Arthritis
  • Back, neck, hip, and knee injuries
  • Various musculoskeletal disorders
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Cancer
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Cardiovascular heart disease
  • Stroke, CVA
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Fibromyalgia, and other Chronic Pain Disorders
  • Brain injury, head trauma
  • Schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder
  • Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive)
  • Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including Battered Wife Syndrome
  • ADHD / ADD
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diabetes & associated neuropathies
  • Epilepsy, seizure disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV / AIDS

Contact The McAleer Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with our experienced attorneys. We accept all claims cases on a contingency basis and there is no attorney fee unless your claim is approved for payments.

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