Qualifying Medical Conditions

Social Security Disability Qualifications: Common Disabling Conditions

The Social Security Administration approves Social Security Disability (SSD) applications in cases in which someone has a medically determinable impairment that has made him or her unable to work at any job for at least 12 months or is expected to do so for at least 12 months.

Medically determinable impairments are those that can be diagnosed by accepted clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques, like blood work, X-rays and other diagnostic assessments by medical experts. The decision about whether to approve or deny a claim is based on medical evidence, not on a person's own description of his or her disability.

Below are some of the common medical conditions that may make you eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. They are not the only conditions for which you can obtain benefits.

  • Back, neck and spine conditions
  • Joint pain, including arthritis
  • Heart conditions
  • Lung diseases and breathing problems such as asthma
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Lupus
  • Mental health conditions
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Crohn's disease and colitis
  • Diabetes
  • Hepatitis C
  • Cancer
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Blood disorders
  • Immune system disorders

Looking at the Whole Person

Your disability may not be caused by any single qualifying medical condition, but by a combination of impairments. For example, if you were in a car accident and had an injury that left one leg paralyzed, you may not be eligible for benefits, depending on your age, occupation and education. However, if you developed debilitating depression as a secondary symptom of your injury, the combination of conditions may make you eligible to receive benefits. The Social Security Administration looks at you as a whole person when determining benefits. We do, too.

To arrange a free initial consultation and find out whether you may qualify for Social Security Disability, please call the attorneys of Mancini Schreuder Kline PC at