SSD Qualifying Conditions


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If your disability is catastrophic and you are not expected to live even one year, your disability qualifies you for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But unless you have terminal cancer, a heart condition, or total paralysis, there is no way to really understand whether Social Security will find you disabled. A named condition such as “cancer” does not guarantee you will qualify because some cancer can be cured.

This should not discourage you from applying, especially if you know you will not be able to return to your job in the near future. The time you are denied is the time to consult with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to increase your chances of a successful appeal.


If you suffer from several health problems, it could be the combination that leads to your disability. Social Security is supposed to consider these cases as well in determining disability. The medical condition will be easier to qualify you if you have frequent and regular medical care which generates medical records. It will be the statements by the doctor and the medical evidence that will determine if you qualify so visiting the doctor every couple of months means your application will more likely be approved.

After you file your SSD claim it will be seen by a disability examiner who works with a medical doctor to come to an initial decision on the claim. The claimant can ask that an initial denial is sent to a second disability examiner. If that claim is denied as well, the claimant has a right to request a hearing which goes before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). It is at this level where the claimant and the official in charge of the application actually see each other in the same room.

Even if you are disabled, Social Security will have to take into consideration your education, age, and whether there is any comparable job you can do at this time. Age is important to consider because the older we become, the assumption is it’s less likely we will be able to transition to a different job.

What is a “Medically Determinable Impairment”?

The Social Security Administration has a list of impairments, known as the Blue Book that spans mental and physical disabilities that might qualify an individual for SSD benefits. Here are some SSD Adult/Child conditions that qualify as “disabled”:





This is a partial listing of some of the adult and childhood diseases and disorders that fall under the definition of “disabled” for the purposes of Social Security Disability benefits. It sounds very complex and often it is, but the experienced Florida and Georgia Social Security disability lawyers at Farah & Farah understand when you are disabled is not the time you want to take on more burdens. We understand the process and we know how to win a Social Security Disability claim for you. Contact us at (877) 245-6707.

Eddie Farah and Chuck Farah meeting with attorney Rick Staggard
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