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What if a condition is not on the SSA’s list of impairments?

Deciding who should receive financial assistance due to having a disability is not easy. As a result, the Social Security Administration closely assesses the applications of everyone who applies. In some cases, applicants may have a condition that is found in the SSA’s list of impairments that commonly qualifies for benefits, but that does not mean that someone who has a condition not found on the list is immediately disqualified. 

While the list the SSA references is extensive, it is not complete. However, it does address many conditions that fall into various categories, including the following examples: 

  • Digestive system conditions 
  • Musculoskeletal disorders 
  • Skin disorders 
  • Mental health conditions 
  • Cancer 
  • Special senses and speech 
  • Blood disorders 
  • Respiratory disorders 
  • Immune system disorders 

If a person’s exact condition is not listed in SSA reference materials, it does not mean that the individual should not apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. It may simply mean that he or she needs to provide significant evidence that shows that the condition prevents the applicant from substantial gainful activity. They also need to show that the condition will continue to prevent such activity for at least one year or will prove terminal in less than a 12-month period. 

While it may feel as if a person has a better chance of receiving an approval for benefits if the condition involved is already on the SSA’s list of impairments, there is still hope for those whose conditions are not listed. In many cases, SSDI benefits applications can seem daunting and confusing, but fortunately, applicants can receive help throughout the process. Experienced attorneys may be able to assist concerned parties with their specific cases. 

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