A medical condition caused by your work may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. If you develop a disabling condition from repetitive motion, strain or pain and you can no longer work, you may apply for SSDI benefits.
The Social Security Administration maintains a Blue Book that lists the type of medical conditions and injuries that may result in a qualifying disability. If your doctor provides documentation showing your condition will last at least one year or until your death, you may apply for benefits, as noted by AARP.
What types of injuries and medical conditions could develop from the work I do?
The type of work you perform could make a difference in qualifying for SSDI. For example, if your work includes heavy lifting, bending or typing, you could develop a repetitive stress injury. When joints or muscles become painful to the extent that you can no longer use them to complete your work tasks, you may have developed a qualifying disability.
Some employers, unfortunately, have shown a tendency to neglect maintaining workplace health and safety standards. Dust or fumes with poor air circulation, for example, may cause respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Stressful or traumatic conditions that lead to mental health issues may also qualify for SSDI if they prevent you from working.
May a medical evaluation determine if I am disabled?
An injury or illness that limits your ability to perform gainful work may require a medical evaluation. If an examination shows you can no longer continue your regular physical or mental work, your loss of income may qualify you for SSDI.
An examiner may review your medical records and work history to determine how long a disabling condition may last. If it appears you cannot return to work in the near future, you may obtain an approval to receive SSDI benefits.