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Is there a Social Security Disability list of impairments?

For someone who is disabled and unable to continue working, obtaining the proper help is essential. Many people in Michigan rely on Social Security Disability benefits for support when they can no longer support themselves. For those who have recently become diagnosed with a disability, one of their first questions might be, does this condition qualify for Social Security Disability?

There are many conditions that fall under the label of a qualifying disability as far as Social Security is concerned. There are different lists of medically-approved impairments for adults and for children under the age of 18. For those over age 18, these impairments include, but are by no means limited to, vision loss, hearing loss, certain back problems and specific problems with joints, respiratory illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis, problems with the cardiovascular system, such as chronic heart failure, disorders of the blood, such as hemophilia, immune diseases, such as HIV or lupus and many more.

The list of medically-approved impairments for adults also includes mental disability, such as schizophrenia, depression and anxiety, autism and other intellectual impairments. The list includes many more conditions. For children under 18, the list is essentially the same as it is for adults, only with the addition of growth impairment.

If a Michigan resident's condition is not found on the main list of qualifying conditions, that person may still qualify for Social Security Disability. This may be the case if the condition is supported by valid medical reports and clinical documentation, it limits a person's functional capacity and it inhibits a person's ability to perform their standard work duties.

Applying for Social Security Disability is generally not a simple task. Even determining if one's condition qualifies for SSDI can be a huge task in itself. It is important to get the right information.

Source: FindLaw, "Medical conditions that qualify you for disability claims," accessed Dec. 26, 2016

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