Social Security Disability – Eligible Medical Conditions


Social Security provides benefits for those with disabilities and those who suddenly find themselves with a disability that need support from the government. The list of disabilities that may qualify is quite extensive; however, each case is evaluated on its own merit, since disorders vary from person to person in severity. Below are examples of conditions that may be covered. As this list does not cover every disability, please contact our office for more information.

Musculoskeletal disorders are accompanied by pain or limited function of the muscles, joints and nerves that severely affect the neck, spine and upper body movement. Some of these disorders may include spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, spina bifida, and scoliosis.

Cardiovascular System illnesses results in an interruption of proper circulation of blood and functioning of the heart. Some examples of these illnesses include heart disease, vascular disease, congenital heart disease, and cardiomyopathy.

Neurological disorders result from a disturbance in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. Some qualifying disorders may include epilepsy, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, and muscular dystrophy.

Digestive System disorders affect the regions of the body that are responsible for food digestion and removal of waste. Some disorders may include gastrointestinal hemorrhage, chronic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome and chronic hepatitis.

Respiratory System Illnesses that negatively affect an individual’s ability to breathe may qualify as a disability. Some include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, cystic fibrosis and pulmonary vascular disease.

Mental Disorders involving psychological effects of the brain and abnormal behavioral patterns include schizophrenia, autism, bipolar disorder, tourette’s syndrome and mental retardation.