Social Security pays benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a disability. However, it can be difficult to successfully obtain benefits. The majority of initial claims are denied by the Social Security Administration. However, it is possible to appeal a denied claim. Having a lawyer during the appeals process can greatly help your chances of successfully seeking Social Security Disability benefits.
Contact the Law Office of Mark A. Skelton to learn more about qualifying disabilities.
Qualifying Disabilities for SSDI
The following is a partial list of qualifying disability categories for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits:
- Musculoskeletal skeletal disorders: Major dysfunction of a joint, disorders of the spine, amputation, bone fractures, soft tissue injury
- Special senses and speech disorders: Loss of visual acuity, contraction of the visual fields of the better eye, loss of visual efficiency, loss of speech, hearing loss
- Respiratory system disorders: Chronic pulmonary insufficiency, asthma, cystic fibrosis, pneumoconiosis, bronchiectasis, infections of the lung, sleep-related breathing disorders, lung transplant
- Cardiovascular system disorders: Chronic heart failure, ischemic heart disease, recurrent arrhythmias, symptomatic congenital heart disease, heart transplant, aneurysm of aorta or major branches, chronic venous insufficiency, peripheral arterial disease
- Digestive system disorders: Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging, chronic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, weight loss due to a digestive disorder, liver transplant
- Genitourinary impairments: Impairment of renal function, nephrotic syndrome with anasarca
- Hematological disorders: Chronic anemia, sickle cell disease, chronic thrombocytopenia, hereditary telangiectasia
- Skin disorders: Ichthyosis, bullous disease, chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, genetic photosensitivity disorders, burns
- Endocrine disorders: Pituitary gland disorders, thyroid gland disorders, parathyroid gland disorders, adrenal gland disorders, diabetes mellitus and other pancreatic gland disorders
- Impairments that affect multiple body systems: Non-mosaic Down syndrome
- Neurological disorders: Epilepsy, central nervous system vascular accident, brain tumors, parkinsonian syndrome, cerebral palsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, anterior poliomyelitis, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy, peripheral neuropathies, subacute combined cord degeneration, cerebral trauma, syringomyelia, other degenerative diseases
- Mental disorders: Organic mental disorders, schizophrenic, paranoid, and other psychotic disorders, affective disorders, mental retardation, anxiety-related disorders, somatoform disorders, personality disorders, substance addiction disorders, autistic disorder
- Malignant neoplastic diseases: Soft tissue tumors of the head and neck, soft tissue sarcoma, lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, salivary glands, thyroid gland, breast, skeletal system-sarcoma, and others
- Immune system disorders: Systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic vasculitis, systemic sclerosis, HIV infection, inflammatory arthritis
Even if your disability is not on the list, you may still qualify for SSDI benefits. Talk to attorney Mark Albert Skelton about your options based on your disability.
Contact a Social Security Disability Attorney Serving Grainger County
We are here to answer questions you have about qualifying disabilities. Contact our law firm today online or by telephone at 888-899-5564 to schedule an appointment with an experienced East Tennessee Social Security Disability attorney. We offer a free office initial consultation. In addition to regular business hours, we are available evenings and weekends by appointment at our Rogersville office.