One of the first questions people ask when considering Social Security Disability is how do I know whether my condition meets the definition of "disability?" While there are numerous factors that the Social Security office looks at when evaluating your case, there are some clear areas that define diseases and conditions serious enough to be considered a true impairment.
The Social Security Disability lawyers of The Terry Law Firm have the experience and knowledge to help you with your Social Security Disability claim. We represent clients throughout Tennessee, including Rogersville, Newport, Morristown, Knoxville, Kingsport, Johnson City, Jefferson City and Greeneville. Call us today at 800-788-0630 for help with your disability case or contact us online. When you become our client, you’ll be represented by a team of personal injury attorneys with over 48 years of hands-on experience.
Recognized Impairments — 14 Medical Areas
The Social Security Administration maintains a list of medical conditions or impairments that qualify you for disability. This impairment list is organized into 14 medical areas that cover a variety of health problems, including:
1. Musculoskeletal System: Degenerative Disc Disease; Spine Disorders; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Fibromyalgia; Herniated Disc; Lumbar Stenosis; Spinal Arachnoiditis; Osteoarthritis; Reflex Sympathetic Disorder; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Ruptured Disc.
2. Special Senses and Speech: Vision Loss; Otolaryngology (Hearing Loss); Meniere’s Disease.
3. Respiratory System: Asthma; Emphysema; Sarcoidosis; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
4. Cardiovascular System: Heart Failure.
5. Digestive System: Crohn’s Disease; Colitis; Liver Disease; Hepatitis.
6. Genitourinary Impairments: Kidney Failure; Interstitial Cystitis.
7. Hematological Disorders: Chronic Anemia; Sickle Cell Disease; Chronic Thrombocytopenia; Coagulation Defects and Hemophilia.
8. Skin Disorders: Ichthyosis; Bullous Diseases; Chronic Skin Diseases.
9. Endocrine System: Diabetes; Obesity.
10. Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems: Mosaic/Non-mosaic Down Syndrome; Trisomy X Syndrome (XXX Syndrome); Fragile X Syndrome; Phenylketonuria (PKU); Caudal Regression Syndrome; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
11. Neurological: Neuropathy; Seizure Disorder; Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident); Traumatic Brain Injury.
12. Mental Disorders: Anxiety Disorder; Autism; Bipolar Disorder; Depression; Mood Disorder; Organic Mental Disorders; Panic Attacks; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Schizophrenia.
13. Malignant Neoplastic Diseases: Cancer; Mesothelioma.
14. Immune System Disorders: Lupus; Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
When you apply for disability benefits, a Social Security official will ask whether your particular condition matches up with one of these impairments. If your impairment is of such severity or is among one of the rare diseases that qualifies you for a Compassionate Allowance , you may be immediately qualified for disability. Most people who are disabled do not have a condition that meets this definition, however, and in most cases the Social Security office will compare your disability with their list of recognized impairments and then proceed to ask you about your ability to work.
For a complete listing of all impairments that meet the disability definition, visit the Social Security Administration website at www.ssa.gov.
Contact Our TN Social Security Disability Attorneys
If you need assistance in filing an initial Social Security Disability claim, or if your claim has been denied, the Morristown, Tennessee Disability attorneys at The Terry Law Firm are ready to help. We know what documents to file, we know how to file – and we know the right steps to get claims approved. Protect your right to a swift and fair hearing and get the benefits you have worked for – contact us online or by calling 800-788-0630.