The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two programs which provide benefits: they are the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program and the supplemental security income (SSI) program. Federal law dictates SSDI claims, and states that when applying for SSDI a disability is the “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairments which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.” 42 U.S.C. § 416.
So what is the SSA looking for? Well, the SSA has created a List of Impairments with specified requirements for when a condition could be considered disabling. There are two lists, one for adults (Part A) and one for children (Part B). The list is broken down into major body systems: musculoskeletal, special senses and speech, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, genitourinary system, hematological disorders, skin disorders, endocrine disorders, congenital/multiple body systems, neurological, mental disorders, malignant neoplastic diseases, and immune system disorders.
Check out the slideshow below to see examples of certain medical conditions listed within each category.
Just because your impairment doesn’t exactly meet the requirements in the listing doesn’t mean your claim will automatically be denied. If your condition very closely resembles an impairment on the list you may qualify. It is important to seek the experience of a social security disability lawyer, like the attorneys at McDivitt Law Firm, to assist you in these matters.