WHAT DISABILITIES ARE COVERED BY SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY?
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You cannot qualify for Arkansas disability services and payments simply by being unable to perform the duties of your old job or by virtue of your own definition of your disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is precise and specific in its descriptions of the impairments that qualify for Arkansas disability. The Martin Law Firm can help you navigate the SSA’s website to help find and claim help for your covered conditions.
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must have at least one of the conditions in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments. The Listing of Impairments describes, for each major body system, the disabilities SSA considers severe enough to prevent you from doing any gainful activity. In the case of children under age 18 applying for SSI, the impairment must be severe enough to cause marked and severe functional limitations. The SSA listings of covered disabilities for adults includes diseases and disorders in fourteen categories:
- Musculoskeletal system
- Special senses and speech
- Breathing disorders
- Heart and blood vessel disorders
- Digestive systems
- Genitourinary impairments
- Blood and lymphatic diseases
- Skin disorders
- Endocrine system
- Impairments that affect multiple body systems
- Mental disorders
- Malignant neoplastic diseases (cancer)
- Immune system disorders
Each category includes an exhaustive list of the various conditions covered by that listing. For example, neurological diseases and disorders that may be covered include epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, brain tumors, myasthenia gravis, and traumatic brain injury. Obesity was recently removed from the list. The SSA listings for children younger than 18 include disorders that lead to disabling growth impairment.
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