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Which conditions qualify for SSD benefits?

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. However, before you are able to receive benefits, you must first prove that you meet the definition of “disabled” under the law. In general, you must show that you are unable to do any substantial work because of a medical condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least one year, or is expected to result in your death.

However, what specific medical conditions are serious enough to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD)? Generally, these are listed in the Blue Book that is published by the Social Security Administration. Some of the impairments that may allow you to qualify for SSD benefits include:

· Autoimmune disorders

· Mental disorders

· Bone, joint and tissue disorders

· Cancer

· Respiratory disorders

· Hearing or vision loss

· Blood disorders

· Cardiovascular, endocrine or digestive system conditions

· Burns or disfigurement

· Brain injuries

Although the list of disorders in the Blue Book is extensive, it does not list every medical condition that qualifies. As a result, you may qualify for SSD benefits even if your condition is not listed in the publication, as long as you can prove that your medical condition limits your functioning to the extent that you can no longer work.

An attorney can help

As the application process for SSD benefits is a slow and complex procedure, it is important to have the assistance of an attorney to represent your interests throughout the process. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates, PC are experienced with the process and can give you the best chance that your application will be successful.


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