There are a number of impairments—both physical and mental—that will automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), according to DisabilitySecrets.com.
The Blue Book for the Social Security Administration (SSA) lists impairments under the following categories: musculoskeletal problems, such as back injuries; cardiovascular conditions, such as heart failure or coronary artery disease; senses and speech issues, such as vision and hearing loss; respiratory illnesses, such as COPD or asthma; and neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.
Also included in the list are mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, or retardation; immune system disorders, such as HIV/AIDS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis; various syndromes, such as Sjogren’s Syndrome and Marfan Syndrome; skin disorders, such as dermatitis; digestive tract problems, such as liver disease or IBD; kidney disease and genitourinary problems; and cancer.
Provided an individual’s condition meets, or is equivalent to, the specified criteria for one of the above listings, s/he will automatically qualify for SSDI or SSI. If your particular condition or illness is not on the SSA’s Blue Book list or if you are impaired but not by one of the conditions listed, what do you do? Our next blog on Monday will discuss this eventuality with you.
If you or someone you know needs help with Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.