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Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits?

What happens if a medical condition you have worsens and you’re unable to work? Or if you are suddenly diagnosed with cancer or kidney disease and become unable to work? It’s important to know the safety nets you have with social security disability insurance benefits (SSDI) should you ever need to apply for them in the future or currently. In the blog, we’ll break down what medical conditions qualify you for SSDI and how having a disability attorney on your side can make all the difference.

Medical Impairments The Qualify

According to the Social Security Administration (The SSA), a severe medical impairment is considered a condition, or combination of, that drastically inhibits a person’s physical or mental capabilities.

The following is a shortlist of medical impairments that can qualify for SSDI:

  • Amputation
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Stroke
  • Vision or hearing loss

There are more disabilities and medical impairments that can help you qualify for SSDI. The exhaustive list is referred to as “The Blue Book.


Now, having a medical condition is not enough to start receiving SSDI; other qualifications must be met. You must have previous work experience to qualify for benefits. The reason behind this is that you must “pay into the system” before you are allowed to benefit from it. The SSA will check and make sure your condition does indeed prevent you from doing relevant work, whether the work is new or similar to your old job.

How We Can Help

It can be scary when facing a medical situation if you don’t have insurance. Most Americans’ health insurance is tied up in their employment, so what do you do if both disappear? In order for your disability and medical condition to qualify for SSDI, it must also meet the requirements listed in the Code of Federal Regulations part 404. Filing for SSDI can mean juggling and trying to understand a lot of legal jargon; that is why having an experienced disability advocate and attorney on your side can be wholly beneficial. We are here to be on your side. We pride ourselves on being compassionate to our clients and fighting fiercely for them in court.

If you have questions about your Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, contact Martin Attorneys, PA at (479) 888-2039!