In order to qualify for regular social security disability benefits, sometimes called Title II benefits or SSD, one must have worked a certain number of years and paid money into SSA’s trust funds, in order to be able to become “disabled” and be eligible to take money out.
Any mental or physical impairment, if it causes sufficient pain, fatigue, interference with attention, and concentration may be grounds for disability benefits. The most commonly seen impairments tend to be herniated discs or other impairment of the back or neck, blindness (both eyes), deafness (both ears), emphysema, asthma, hypertension, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, frequent stenting, chronic liver disease, Crohn’s disease, kidney failure, dialysis, kidney and other transplants, certain skin disorders, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, strokes, mental disorders, cancer, systemic lupus (SLE), other mixed connective tissue disorders, inflammatory arthritis, and HIV/AIDS. This list is not exhaustive, please see SSA listing of impairments. SSA also has published a second list of other disorders, largely forms of cancer and other terminal illnesses, titled “Compassionate Allowances”.
Our managing attorney, Jorge A. Abreu, Esq., knows the physical and financial tolls one encounters recovering from a permanent disability. Before applying for disability benefits on your own, contact the Law Offices of Jorge Abreu, P.L., and speak with one of our disability attorneys.