You Have a Qualifying Disability

You Have a Qualifying Disability

The second criteria that must be satisfied in order for you to recover benefits under SSDI is that you have a qualifying disability. According to the Social Security Administration, a disability means that you cannot do the work that you once did; you are unable to adjust to other work and earn an income because of your condition; and your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or/and result in death. SSA defines full time work as 8 hours a day, 5 days a week or an equivalent schedule. It is important to note that no benefits will be paid for a partial or temporary disability.

Another way to determine if you have a qualifying disability is to find out whether or not your condition meets or equals a Listing as defined in Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments. In addition, your disabling condition must meet SSA’s stringent level of severity. The conditions that are found on the impairment list range greatly in type, and include impairment to any of the following found below.

  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Special senses and speech
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Digestive system
  • Genitourinary disorders
  • Hematological disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Congenital disorders;
  • Neurological
  • Mental disorders
  • Cancer and
  • Immune system disorders

Again, if your disability is not listed above, you may still qualify for benefits assuming that your impairment is disabling to the point where you are unable to work and it is expected to last for 12 months or more or result in death.