Types of Disabilities Covered by Social Security Disability Insurance

Many people equate a disability with physical disability, including blindness. But there are other conditions that may not be physical but which nonetheless prevents a person from functioning normally. The types of disabilities covered under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program may be more extensive than most people think. One just has to know how to present a particular case that will convince the people in the Disability Determination Services offices in Illinois.

Applying for SSDI can be highly complex and often frustrating process, especially if the disability is not immediately discernible. Some conditions that are considered disabilities under the SSDI are:

  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Genitourinary impairments
  • Hematological disorders
  • Immune System Disorders
  • Loss of vision, hearing and speech
  • Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
  • Mental impairments categorized as organic mental disorders, psychotic disorders, affective disorders, intellectual disability, anxiety-related disorders, somatoform disorders, personality disorders, developmental disorders, and even substance addiction disorders
  • Musculoskeletal problems including chronic and acute back pain
  • Neurological problems
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Skin disorders

There is a broad spectrum of disabilities that are considered under SSDI. The biggest problem with getting approved for SSDI benefits is the failure to provide the necessary documentation that proves the condition is genuine, disabling and likely to persist more than 12 months. These are the three main criteria for SSDI eligibility, and most people who file a claim on their own may not meet the medical requirements of the DDS because they did not submit the correct forms, failed to get the right certifications, or applied for SSDI under the wrong category. While the DDS will process the claim, they do not provide legal advice on what to do. It is up to the claimant to get the information they need to make a successful claim, and the legal jargon may be a bit confusing for most people.

It is quite important to do it right the first time, or you could be waiting for more than 2 years to get your benefits; that is, if you are actually approved. To make the process as painless as possible, get advice and assistance from an experienced Texas Social Security disability lawyer. Lawyers can help you avoid many of the pitfalls that may get your application scrapped.