What Common Conditions Qualify for Disability Benefits?

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You may be confused about what conditions are covered under Social Security Disability. We break down the main types of conditions to keep in mind.

Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue Disorders

Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue conditions are those, which impact an individual’s muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves. Diseases of this nature account for the highest number of disability benefit recipients. Examples include:

  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease

Cardiac and Circulatory Disorders

Cardiac and circulatory disorders are those that impact how the blood flows to and from the heart and the body. Examples include:

  • Hypertension
  • Arrhythmia
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Angina
  • Coronary artery disease


Tumors, also referred to as neoplasms (abnormal tissue masses), can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Examples of common types of cancers include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pancreatic cancer

Nervous System and Sense Organs Disorders

Nervous system and sense organ conditions often impact one’s memory as well as his or her ability to complete everyday activities.

  • Deafness
  • Blindness
  • Sciatica
  • Neuralgia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Mental Disorders

In order for a mental disorder to qualify for SSA disability benefits, the mental condition, which must be diagnosed by a medical professional, must serve to severely limit an individual’s ability to operate on his or her own. However, approval of a condition is dependent upon the facts of each specific case. Examples include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic attacks
  • Organic brain syndrome
  • Schizophrenia
  • Autism/Asperger’s syndrome

The conditions listed above are only a snapshot of the conditions that Socal Security Disability can cover.  Keep in mind that although these medical conditions may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, having one of them does not automatically make the individual eligible.

Each condition is subject to its own requirements. If you have questions about your eligibility, it is important to contact a skilled Michigan disability attorney.

Let The Disability Attorneys of Michigan Help You

For 20 years, Disability Attorneys of Michigan has helped the disabled of Michigan obtain the Social Security Disability Benefits they deserve. If you are unable to work due to a physical, mental or cognitive impairment, call Disability Attorneys of Michigan now for a free consultation at 800-701-5524

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