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4 Medical Conditions That Qualify a Disability Applicant

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 U.S. adults live with a disability. These impairments limit their ability to engage in normal life activities. Many people are unable to continue earning a living for themselves and their families because of the condition.

Unfortunately, many individuals suffer in silence and do not seek benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) because of how tedious the process is. It is important for people to know that there are disability benefit programs available to people with qualifying disabilities.

A disabling condition not only affects a person’s ability to perform daily tasks and work but can cause emotional issues which further affects the health of an individual. Filing a disability claim for benefits can reduce the financial stress of living with a disability. Benefits can provide financial security and peace of mind.

The Social Security Administration follows a strict process. Not everyone’s application will be approved. Some medical conditions have a greater chance of being approved than others. Continue reading to enlighten yourself about these critical medical conditions. 

  • Arthritis 

According to official data published by the CDC, more than 54 million people are diagnosed with arthritis. Out of these 54 million, around 24 million people experience one or another form of physical limitation.

Young black man with disability lying on floor after falling down from wheelchair at home

Arthritis is a generic way to describe pain and joint disease that can critically impact the body. There are over 100 types of arthritis that may impact the body differently. In addition, medications and treatment for the condition depend on the type of arthritis that an individual is experiencing. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. 

Some types of arthritis can be treated with medication and other treatment options.  Arthritis can have long-term consequences that affect the wellbeing of an individual. Those who are experiencing severe limitations and pain that prevent them from maintaining gainful employment should consider applying for disability benefits.

To be eligible, you must have medical documentation to prove that your condition is painful and affects your abilities. Lack of medical evidence and documentation reduces the chances of getting approved.

  • Cancer 

There are more than 100 types of cancer that cause significant damage to the human body. Some common cancers include lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, bladder, and colon cancer.

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is one of the leading causes of death across the globe. The data by WHO reveals that around 10 million people lost their lives in 2020 because of cancer. Reports show how critical cancer is and how it can limit your ability to function normally.

The symptoms of cancer may depend on the type of cancer you have been diagnosed with. Treatment options for cancer are available; however, treatment depends on the type and stage of cancer and often includes harsh side effects. Moreover, cancer treatment is expensive, and many patients suffer because of a lack of money.

Cancer not only affects you physically but can also take a toll on your emotional and mental wellbeing. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits. Contact a legal professional to assist you with getting benefits for cancer.

  • Heart Disease

Section 4 of the Blue Book covers cardiovascular disease. The Social Security Blue Book is a listing of disabling conditions. It lists criteria that claimants who suffer from disabling conditions can meet to quickly qualify for Social Security disability benefits. You should check if you meet the eligibility criteria mentioned in the Blue Book. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you may receive benefits under a medical vocational allowance.

Timely detection and management of heart disease is crucial. If the condition is not treated in time, it can deteriorate a person’s quality of life or lead to death.

Recent data by CDC shows that one person dies every 36 seconds because of cardiovascular disease. More than 600,000 people die each year in America because of this critical condition.

It is crucial to your health to prevent the risk of heart disease through a healthy lifestyle and regular medical treatment. You should keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control to reduce the risk of damage to the heart. Additionally, you should maintain a healthy weight and stay physically active. A lot of disabilities can be prevented if people follow a healthy diet and stay active. Genetics and other health conditions, however, can contribute to cardiovascular disease, as well.

  • Mental Illnesses

Mental health related problems are very common. Millions of people around the world experience symptoms. One in five U.S. adults suffer from a mental health condition and face employment difficulties because of the condition.

Issues related to mental health can cause severe emotional and behavioral changes. People diagnosed with mental illness may find it difficult to socialize and interact with others due to severe depression and anxiety. Many people experience other forms of limitations.

A mental illness diagnosis does not guarantee that your application will be approved by SSA. You may only receive Mental Health Disability benefits for more severe conditions, and you will have to provide medical evidence to support your case.

Whether your disability is due to a mental health condition or a physical condition, you will have to provide medical documentation with your disability application. Medical documentation should show a diagnosis of the condition and any prescribed treatment. Not following the doctor’s treatment can reduce your chances of getting approved for benefits. The SSA will want to know the extent of your limitations while receiving treatment. A disability that can be effectively cured with medication or other treatment may not be found eligible for benefits.

These are some of the more common conditions that are found entitled to disability benefits. There are hundreds of other conditions that might qualify. The chances of a successful claim increase when you have complete medical evidence.

Having an experienced attorney like David Chermol will further strengthen your case. He is one of the most sought after disability lawyers in Philadelphia and has helped numerous applicants get approved to receive disability benefits compensation.