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Understanding Common Disabling Conditions For SSD

When you are considering applying for Social Security Disability (SSD), understanding what qualifies as a disabling condition is crucial. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes a wide range of medical conditions that can interfere with an individual’s ability to work.

At The Law Offices of Steven Gaechter, our attorney understands how hard it is for someone to navigate the process of applying for SSD without any previous experience in the matter. When it is critical to understand what qualifies for this benefit, he can help you determine if you have grounds to qualify.

Recognizing Disabling Conditions

Disabling conditions come in many forms, affecting individuals differently. The SSA maintains a list of impairments titled Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, known as the “Blue Book,” which outlines medical criteria considered severe enough to prevent a person from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA). While the Blue Book is expansive, it does not contain all the possible conditions that can qualify someone for SSD, meaning it is possible to earn SSD from something outside of the Blue Book.

Answering Your Questions About SSD

Our lawyer understands his clients have a lot of questions about what can qualify for SSD, and he wants to provide you with the answers you need. Before you meet with him at our Hasbrouck Heights office, take some time to review some of the more common questions he gets:

What are some conditions that can qualify for SSD?

A wide variety of conditions may qualify for SSD benefits, including, but not limited to:

  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as back injuries and joint disorders
  • Cardiovascular conditions, including heart failure and coronary artery disease
  • Respiratory illnesses like COPD and asthma
  • Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy
  • Mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder
  • Long COVID conditions, in some cases

Our attorney can help you review your situation to confirm if it is worth applying for SSD.

What does it take for a condition to be considered “disabling?”

To be considered “disabling,” a condition must significantly limit your ability to perform basic work activities for at least 12 months. This condition can affect your physical abilities or your mental abilities, but it needs to limit your capability to work either way.

Does my condition need to be listed in the Blue Book?

While having a condition listed in the SSA’s Blue Book can make the process more straightforward, it’s not a requirement. So long as your unique condition is comparable to a listed impairment and still impacts your ability to work, you may still qualify for SSD.

Start Your SSD Application With Confidence

If you believe you qualify for SSD or need help verifying your eligibility, meet with our lawyer to discuss what steps you can take. Call The Law Offices of Steven Gaechter at 201-546-5758 or reach out online to schedule your initial consultation today.

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