What Type of Condition is Most Commonly Approved for Disability Benefits?
If you were recently diagnosed with a medical condition that prevents you from working, you may qualify for disability benefits. In which case, learning about the most commonly approved conditions can be helpful.
Various conditions can qualify you for disability benefits. Among disabled workers, the most commonly approved conditions are musculoskeletal issues and nervous system and sense organ issues. Among disabled adult children (DACs), the most commonly approved conditions are intellectual disabilities. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides 14 categories of qualifying conditions for adults and 15 categories for children under 18, each including various specific illnesses, injuries, or disabilities. To determine if your condition may be approved for disability benefits, you should turn to our experienced lawyers for help.
We’re here to help you apply for disability benefits when you can no longer earn an income because of a medical condition. For a free and confidential case evaluation with the Philadelphia disability lawyers at Young, Marr, Mallis & Deane, call us at (215) 515-2954 or (609) 557-3081.
Commonly Approved Conditions Among Disabled Workers
While many injuries, disabilities, and illnesses qualify individuals for disability benefits, some are seen more often than others. While most common conditions are often age-related, some are more sudden, quickly impacting a person’s abilities and leaving them unable to work. If you have recently been diagnosed with a life-changing condition, speak to our attorneys. You may qualify for disability benefits.
Many common conditions that qualify people for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are age-related. Often, people work for most of their lives, only to be diagnosed with degenerative or otherwise preventative work. According to the SSA’s 2021 report regarding Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, the average age for recipients was 55.
For example, arthritis is one of the most commonly approved conditions for disability benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis is a “leading cause of work disability” in the United States. According to the SSA’s 2021 report, 34% of disabled worker recipients had a qualifying condition relating to musculoskeletal system diseases and connective tissue problems, which includes various types of arthritis.
About 25% of disabled workers receiving SSDI benefits in 2021 did so because of mental disorders. Various types of mental health issues, ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to depression, qualify individuals for SSDI benefits.
According to the same report, 9.9% of disabled workers received benefits because of nervous system and sense organ issues, 7.7% because of circulatory system issues, 3.9% because of intellectual disorders, and 2.5% because of endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic issues. The remaining 16.8% of disabled workers received benefits because of other qualifying conditions.
If you have recently been diagnosed with one of the conditions mentioned above and can no longer work, speak with our disability lawyers. Our attorneys can help you apply for SSDI benefits so that you start receiving payments quickly.
Commonly Approved Conditions Among Disabled Adult Children
Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are not only for people of a certain age. Suppose you were diagnosed with a qualifying disability before age 22. In that case, you might qualify for benefits through your parent’s earning record as a disabled adult child. Learning about the most commonly approved conditions for DACs can help you understand whether or not you or your child might qualify for benefits.
According to the SSA, the most commonly approved condition for DACs in 2021 was intellectual disorders, at 44.7%. About 29% of DAC receiving SSDI benefits in 2021 did so because of all other mental disorders, which includes mental illnesses.
In 2021, 11.5% of DAC recipients qualified for SSDI benefits because of nervous system or sense organ disorders. About 1.2% of DACs were approved because of musculoskeletal system and connective tissue disorders, 0.5% because of circulatory system disorders, and 0.4% because of endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic issues. The remaining 12.6% of disabled adult children received benefits because of other qualifying conditions 2021.
What Conditions Can Be Approved for Disability Benefits?
Though some conditions are more common than others, many can qualify you for SSDI benefits. The Social Security Administration provides guidance for qualifying conditions, which may change depending on a recipient’s age.
Various illnesses, disabilities, and injuries can make you eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The following categories of conditions refer to eligible impairments for adults:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Special senses and speech impairments
- Respiratory disorders
- Cardiovascular system disorders
- Digestive system disorders
- Genitourinary disorders
- Hematological disorders
- Skin disorders
- Endocrine disorders
- Congenital disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Mental disorders
- Immune system disorders
The same impairments, in addition to low birth weight and failure to thrive, can qualify children under 18 for SSDI benefits through a parent’s earning record.
Within each category exists many specific conditions that qualify individuals for disability benefits. For example, eating disorders and bipolar disorder can make you eligible for SSDI benefits under the umbrella of mental disorders. Asthma, cystic fibrosis, and lung transplants are among the conditions that qualify individuals for SSDI benefits under respiratory disorders. If your condition prevents you from earning an income, contact our disability lawyers. Because the SSA approves applicants with various conditions for benefits, you may qualify based on yours.
How Can You Get Your Condition Approved for Disability Benefits?
In order to get approved for disability benefits by the Social Security Administration based on your condition, you need to provide sufficient proof. To ensure that you properly document your condition, you can hire our experienced disability lawyers to help you.
The Social Security Administration requires ample records and documentation of an applicant’s illness, disability, or injury before approving an application. It is important to prove that you received a certain medical diagnosis and that it prevents you from earning an income. In order to get your condition approved for benefits by the SSA, you must receive the necessary treatment and compile proof of your diagnosis and prognosis.
This can be challenging for individuals with a recent diagnosis or injury. Our lawyers can take the necessary steps to document and record your injury, illness, or disability so that you provide the SSA with all the details it needs to approve your condition for benefits when you apply.
Call Our Lawyers About Disability Benefits Today
If you need disability benefits but are unsure whether or not you qualify based on your condition, call our attorneys. For a free and confidential case evaluation with the Pennsylvania disability lawyers at Young, Marr, Mallis & Deane, call us at (215) 515-2954 or (609) 557-3081.