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Disabling Medical Conditions for Social Security

Disabling Medical Conditions for Social Security
megan August 9, 2021

When a claimant has a serious medical condition that is extremely severe, they may meet the Social Security Administration’s criteria for being approved for disability. Disabling Medical Conditions for Social Security need to fall into specific criteria.

Disabling Medical Conditions for Social Security

If a claimant has a medical condition that meets the standards set out in the Adult Listings Impairments, they are considered disabled.  The standards are generally high.  Failing to meet the precise standards laid out in the Listing of Impairments does not prevent an individual from being granted benefits, but it does require the claimant to show that they are incapable of performing substantial gainful activity using different evidence.

List of Impairments

The Social Security Administration actually lists out how severe impairments must be to be considered disabling.  The criteria for most disabling conditions are laid out in the Listing of Impairments – Adult Listings.  Here are the 14 categories of disorders that have special evaluation criteria:

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders: spine disorders and weight bearing joint conditions are some of the most common diagnoses evaluated.  There are also evaluations for amputations and bone fractures that do not heal.
  • Special Senses and Speech: disorders in this category include blindness, deafness, and loss of speech.
  • Respiratory Disorders: these disorders include cystic fibrosis, chronic respiratory conditions, and respiratory failure.
  • Cardiovascular System: cardiovascular conditions are also common disabilities and include aneurysm, heart disease, and heart arrhythmias.
  • Digestive System: these conditions often affect the liver such as chronic liver disease or liver transplant.
  • Genitourinary Disorders: these conditions almost always involve kidneys and include chronic disease, transplant, and dialysis.
  • Hematological Disorders: disorders of the blood include sickle cell disease, thrombosis, and bone marrow failure.
  • Skin Disorders: impairments evaluated in this section include burns and dermatitis.
  • Endocrine Disorders: disorders in this category include diagnoses involving the pituitary gland and thyroid gland.
  • Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems: the most common condition evaluated her is Down syndrome.
  • Neurological Disorders – several common disabling conditions are evaluated here including parkisonian syndrome, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, coma, and ALS.
  • Mental Disorders: the disorders evaluated in this section include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism spectrum disorder.
  • Cancer: the cancers evaluated are wide ranging and include skin, leukemia, lymphoma, lungs, intestinal, and melanoma.
  • Immune System Disorders: the evaluated disorders include HIV and arthritis.

Cardinal Law Partners has experience helping claimants with many types of medical conditions get approved for Social Security Disability. Experience with all types of impairments helps the firm determine whether a claimant’s symptoms will be severe enough for benefits to be granted.

Contact Cardinal Law Partners if you or someone you know needs help evaluating their claim for disability benefits.  Their medical conditions will be analyzed pursuant to the Listing of Impairments to determine their eligibility for benefits.  Cardinal Law Partners has experience representing from every category in the Listing of Impairments.  Contact us for a free consultation and to have your claim evaluated by an experienced attorney.