Qualifying Social Security Disabilities

Life can be difficult enough, but if you have a chronic disability that significantly impacts your day-to-day activities, things become a lot tougher. Below is an example of Social Security Disability qualifying disabilities.For a more in depth look contact a social security disability lawyer.

Back pain
A large proportion of Social Security benefits claims involve low back pain. This pain can come from an injury or from a slowly progressive impairment. Injuries can include herniated disks. Progressive back impairments can arise from degenerative disk disease. Social Security evaluates back pain based on the objective evidence of the problem. MRI’s and, to a lesser extent, x-rays, can reveal the cause of back pain. Neurological examination and further testing, such as EMG’s, can document how your back pain limits you.

Arthritis can be infrequent in areas of old injury or chronic, affecting your ability to walk and use your hands. With regular medical treatment, including detailed physical examinations of your joints and imagining studies (if necessary), Social Security will have the objective data to support your complaints of pain. Your disability attorney will look for rheumatology visits in particular to determine to nature and extent of your limitations.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety can take many forms. The causes are not always identifiable. The symptoms, however, can be understood by the right mental health professionals. Make sure to treat for your symptoms, describe your symptoms well to your professionals, and – whenever possible – make sure that your doctors and psychologists document your symptoms in your records. Ask about this. Ten minute medication appointments are generally insufficient to prove how your anxiety limits you. Also, talk about whether you should work. The goal should be to get better. If you don’t, your day-to-day limitations can be clearer for others, including the Social Security judge, to track.

Neuropathy and Diabetes

Many people have diabetes. The diagnosis itself is not disabling. Social Security will review your symptoms that continue despite following your prescribed treatment, such as uncontrollable blood sugars, neuropathy, or diabetic retinopathy. Your ability to walk, see, or maintain a regular day are relevant factors for your disability attorney to argue. Neuropathy can arise from diabetes but also from other medical conditions. It usually affects fingers and toes, and can, over time, change your ability to walk or handle objects. Neurologists should examine the cause of your neuropathy, and they should also offer medications or, if warranted, surgery. Whether you choose surgery is up to you, but discussions involving surgery generally reflect the severity of your neuropathy. Most important is your doctor’s careful documentation of your neuropathy on examination. The more detail, the better. At hearings, our clients describe things they can no longer do due to neuropathy. Examples help lay out the detail of your day-to-day limitations in a way that little else can.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can cause serious and permanent change in day-to-day activities.  Symptoms can vary, but a common denominator is cognitive changes. Most helpful documentation of cognitive changes is, when warranted, neuropsychological testing.  Social Security needs quantifiable information to allow our disability lawyers to lean less on credibility alone. For our clients with TBI, our Social Security attorneys argue particular kinds of medical evidence to prove the criteria under Social Security’s organic impairments listing.


Depression has a wide range of impact on people. Some can work with it. Some cannot function at all outside a controlled environment. So for depression, it is very important to treat and follow your doctors’ orders, particularly for medication. If, despite medication, your depression symptoms such as bipolar disorder persist, it may be time to consult a disability lawyer about filing a claim for Social Security benefits.


Schizophrenia. With medication, some with schizophrenia can function well. However, sometimes the symptoms are severe despite medications. If you or a family member suffers from this, make sure to be involved in their medical care whenever possible. The symptoms can be difficult to understand even by family members or friends. Education about this illness can help make sure that Social Security applications are timed properly.

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult to diagnose. Once diagnosed, many people can lead productive lives for years before permanent limitations set in. Disability attorneys will look for neurological examinations, including confirmatory MRI’s, to confirm the diagnosis and progression of your MS. It is very important to spend time with your doctors so they understand and document all your symptoms. The documented nature and frequency of your MS symptoms in your medical records can make or break a claim for Social Security benefits, particularly if there is a deadline to prove disability (“date last insured”).

Joint Replacements

Joint replacements assume a lack of functionality before the replacement. However, despite physical therapy, not all joint replacements get you back to normal.  Depending on your age and the joint involved, you may be significantly disabled despite a new joint.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

It is very important to have psychiatric and psychological treatment to diagnose, understand, and evaluate PTSD. There can be significant lag times from a traumatic event and its effect on your life. Treat regularly, and make sure your doctor or mental health professional understands the full extent of your symptoms. If your PTSD symptoms are severe enough to impact your work life. You need to discuss this with your mental health professionals. They may be also to provide further evidence of your limitations to our disability lawyers that provide insight about your ability to work that goes beyond the medical record.

Heart Attacks & Diseases

If you have heart problems that continue to be symptomatic, you need to make sure your doctors know. Symptoms that continue, such as chest pain, fatigue, or swelling, are evidence about your ability to maintain full-time employment.

Strokes & Aneurysms

Any permanent changes from a stroke or aneurism is relevant to your ability to work. Depending on your age, one of our disability attorneys may be able to argue you cannot return to your past work. Get all the treatment and the medications you need. Vascular problems can arise again without the proper intervention by medical professionals.

Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease. Kidney diseases can follow certain stages for many years. Seeing specialists is important because they can address the symptoms unique to kidney problems. You do not need to wait for dialysis to apply for Social Security benefits. Ultimately, Social Security will evaluate your lab results and you may need a hearing to explain how severe your subjective symptoms, such as fatigue, are. Your specialists can also evaluate your ability to work full-time based on their specialized knowledge. Our disability lawyers, in turn, can get feed back about how your particular symptoms would impact your ability to maintain a full-time work schedule.

Make sure to check the blue book on the Social Security Disability site or the Blue Book to see if you are covered.

Physical Disabilities

Do you have a long-term (over 12 months) physical disability that makes even the simplest daily chores difficult? Maybe even just walking is hard for you? If you have been diagnosed by a doctor, and are being treated regularly for your problem, you could be eligible for benefits. Our lawyers can use your medical evidence as proof that your disability is preventing you from working.

Mental Disabilities

Approximately 1 in 4 American adults suffer from some kind of mental illness. If you’ve been suffering for a year or more, you will know how debilitative and disruptive it can be. Severe depression is one of the more common problems, affecting one’s ability and/or desire to leave the house, do basic daily chores, and more. We can use your medical records to prove that your disability is currently hindering you from working.

Physical & Mental Disabilities

Often, a physical disability can lead to a mental illness. This is especially true for painful disabilities, such as chronic pain contributing to debilitating depression. We can use your medical records as legal evidence of your disability.

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