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Medical ailments that qualify as Social Security disabilities

There are various physical and mental health concerns in the Social Security Administration's "Listing of Medical Impairments" that it deems to be disabling. Within that blue book, the SSA lists the medical condition as well as the criteria that patients must meet for their illness to be considered disabling.

The conditions listed must be met for an individual to quality to receive either Supplementary Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Within that listing, medical conditions are arranged according to functional role or system within the body. Some of the more broad categories listed in the booklet include the musculoskeletal, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, neurological, immune, mental health, blood and sensory systems.

Within these different categories, conditions vary in intensity. They include hearing impairments, inflammatory bowel disease, back pain, hemophilia, anxiety and HIV/AIDS.

There are instances in which an individual may deem their medical or mental health condition to be debilitating, even though it's not classified as such on the list. Individuals may still be eligible to file a claim for SSI or SSDI in such cases.

To qualify, you'll need to show that your condition affects your ability to function. To test this, your medical provider will ask you to do a residual functional capacity (RFC) test which looks to assess what's the most activity you can handle despite your condition.

This clinical data will be utilized in addition to imaging data including X-rays, CAT scan, and MRIs, treatment and physician reports, and blood test results to assess your overall ability to function. If it's deemed that your condition might impair your ability to perform regular work-related duties, then the examiner might write a report recommending that you be placed on Social Security Disability.

If you have an impairment that qualifies you to receive SSDI or are having difficulty in receiving the coverage you qualified for, then a St. Louis social security disability attorney might be able to help you.

Source: FindLaw, "Medical conditions that qualify you for disability claims," accessed July 20, 2017

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