What disabilities qualify you for SSDI benefits?


Social Security Disability Insurance has its own definition of disability to help determine whether a person is eligible for the benefit payments.

Qualifying Disabilities

The disabilities that will make one eligible for benefits involve impairments, disorders, injuries and diseases in the following areas:

  • Musculoskeletal system. These are disorders that may be congenital, hereditary or acquired. This involves your inability to "ambulate" (move from one place to another) and perform tasks that involve fine motor skills. This may include arthritis, fractures, joint or bone deformities, amputation, or spinal disorders.
  • Special sense and speech. These include loss of visual efficiency, loss of visual acuity, problems with the labyrinthine-vestibular function (including Meniere's Disease), loss of hearing (whether it is treated with cochlear implantation or not), loss of speech and statutory blindness.
  • Cardiovascular system. These include recurrent arrhythmias, heart transplants, chronic heart failure, and symptomatic congenital heart disease. Aneurysm of aorta or major branches, chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral arterial disease.
  • Respiratory system. The diseases that fall under this include asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic pulmonary insufficiency, pneumoconiosis, bronchiectasis, chronic lung infections, chronic pulmonary vascular hypertension, lung transplants and sleep-related breathing problems.
  • Hematological disorders. This list includes sickle cell anemia, chronic thrombocytopenia, haemophilia and other coagulation defects, aplasctic anemia with stem cell or bone marrow transplantation, chronic anemia, hereditary telangiectasia, myelofibrosis and chronic granulocytopenia.
  • Immune system disorders. This refers to disorders that impair immunity, such as problems in how antibodies are produced. This includes diseases such as HIV, inflammatory arthritis and lupus.
  • Mental disorders. This includes mental retardation, psychosis, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and major depression.
  • Genitourinary impairments. This covers renal function problems, nephritic syndrome and other problems related with the urinary impairments.
  • Skin disorders. These cover serious skin problems such as Bullous disease, dermatitis, serious burns, genetic photosensitivity, hidradenitis suppurative, ichtyosis and chronic skin or mucous membrane infections.
  • Endocrine system. These diseases include hyperparathyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, diabetes insipidus, diabetes mellitus, as well as hyperfunction of the adrenal cortex.
  • Malignant neoplastic diseases. This involves various types of cancer, such as cancer of the neck, head, breast, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, female genital tract, prostate glands, testicles, penis, small and large intestine, thyroid glands, salivary glands, lungs, nervous system and skeletal system. It also covers diseases such as lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma.
  • Neurological system. The list includes epilepsy, injuries that damaged the central nervous system, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, spinal cord or nerve root lesions.
  • Multiple body system. This includes impairments that affect various body systems at the same time.
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