What Illnesses Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

Anthony Castelli Disability Attorney Ohio

Anthony Castelli Disability Attorney Ohio

As a Cincinnati Ohio Social security disability benefits lawyer as well as a personal  injury attorney I often get asked what illnesses, afflictions, diseases or injuries  qualify me for social security disability income benefits or otherwise make be eligible  to apply.

The short answer is any medical impairment that causes you to be unable to perform  substantial gainful activity for one full year. (1) However, there are also specific  illnesses listed by the  Social Security Administration that if you meet the specific  criteria you will be found disabled and unable to work without regard to your ability  to function. But if you do not meet a listing your medical condition can still be eligible  for benefits no matter what it is as long as you are unable to perform sustained gainful  employment for one full year.

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The Social Security Listing Has 14 Major Categories of Diseases, Injuries and Illnesses (2) These categories are reprinted below from the United States federal government social security web site.

Musculoskeletal System

Special Senses and Speech

Respiratory System

Cardiovascular System

Digestive System

Genitourinary Impairments

Hematological Disorders

Skin Disorders

Endocrine Disorders

Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems


Mental Disorders

Malignant Neoplastic Diseases

Immune System Disorders 


Each major category has multiple separate illnesses. For instance the mental disorders listing has 9 separate kinds of illnesses. Each of those illnesses has their own specific criteria for determining whether you are disabled.

Autistic illness  –   Schizophrenia, psychotic, paranoid illness  –  Organic mental disorders

Affective illness – intellectual disability – Somatoform illness

Anxiety disorder – Personality deficits – Substance addiction

Be careful with substance addiction as there are special rules that could cause this disorder to preclude you from benefits. (3)

Are The Listings The Only Way To Determine If I Am Qualified For Disability Benefits?

The listings are not the only way to determine if you are qualified for disability benefits. Your residual functional capacity could also afflict you with a devastating affect on your ability to function. If you can not perform your past work as well as other jobs that exist in the national economy then you can still get your application for SSDI or SSI benefits allowed.

There is something social security uses called the grid rules that could allow you to be disabled even if you are actually able to work at some level . This is a complicated area. It depends on your age , education , work experience, training and functional capacity as it relates to exertional and nonexertional restrictions.

If you would like to discuss your application or denial Anthony Castelli offers a free consultation. Just Call him today local in Cincinnati, Ohio at 513-621-2345 or call his toll free number 1-800-447-6549

(1) ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10029.pdf Social security disability benefits federal government publication

(2) socialsecurity.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm

(3) http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OP_Home/rulings/di/01/SSR2013-02-di-01.html SR 13-2p: Evaluating cases involving drug addiction or alchoholism