Five Common Types of Disabilities Seen in SSDI Applications

Every year, millions of people apply to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. However, some types of disabilities are seen much more often than others when it comes to SSDI and SSI applications. Here are five of the most common types of disabilities seen in SSDI applications:

  1. Musculoskeletal disorders
    • Some of the most common reasons that people fill out SSDI applications is from neuromuscular disorders. These include any disorder that affects the skeletal or muscular system, including arthritis, scoliosis, ruptured discs, and fibromyalgia, among others. While some of these disorders can appear in otherwise healthy people, some are the result of severe injuries, causing long-term health issues.
  2. Psychological disorders
    • People often underestimate just how many SSDI applications are the result of psychological disability. This can include chronic mood disorders like major depression or bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or obsessive-compulsive disorder, or it can be the result of psychotic disorders like schizophrenia. Though treatments for these disorders exist, some can be severe enough to be disabling even when treated.
  3. Cardiovascular disorders
    • People with severe cardiovascular issues may also wind up filling out applications for disability benefits. These include people who have had severe cardiac events, such as a heart attack or congenital heart failure, as well as people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) or emphysema. In some cases, even simply having high cholesterol or high blood pressure may be bad enough to be considered a disability.
  4. Chronic injuries
    • Severe injuries may also result in people needing to fill out SSDI applications. These include people who suffer loss of mobility due to bone fractures or torn muscles, as well as people who suffer paralysis in one or more limbs. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can also result in long-term disability, depending on their severity.
  5. Cancer
    • Cancer and other malignant growths can easily result in the need to go on disability benefits, either temporarily or permanently. This includes common aggressive cancers like non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia or small cell carcinoma, as well as non-cancerous growths like adenomas, lipomas, and hemangiomas. Depending on the severity of the growth and how far it has spread, an SSDI application may be warranted so you can focus on treatment and recovery.

If you or a loved one need assistance applying for SSDI or SSI benefits, it is important that you seek the guidance of an experienced Social Security Disability benefits lawyer. The lawyers at Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP have over 50 years of combined experience between its attorneys and are available to you or your loved one in obtaining Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. To schedule a consultation with our New York Social Security Disability benefits lawyers, call (631) 823-7155.

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