Physical Conditions Recognized for Disability by the SSA

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Learn about the conditions recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA)

Providing resources when you are disabled and unable to work is the aim of the Social Security Disability (SSD) program. When you apply for SSD benefits, a primary concern of the Social Security Administration is your disability and level of impairment. Understanding physical conditions recognized by the SSA is helpful in evaluating how your application will be viewed after you file for benefits.

With 15 years of experience helping clients apply and qualify for state and federal injury and disability programs, the legal team at Scott J. Sternberg and Associates, P.A. provides sound legal counsel and skilled guidance as you begin the process of applying for Social Security Disability.

Unlike state Workers compensation benefits, federal Social Security benefits are provided only to persons who meet the strict definition of disability as viewed by the SSA, described as follows:

  • You are unable to perform work you did before.
  • Adaptation to different work is impossible due to your medical impairment.
  • Your impairment will last over a year or will result in death.

Upon filing for SSD, your application and medical evidence is evaluated against these criteria and against lists of physical conditions already recognized as causing disability.

Physical conditions recognized for disability by the SSA

The SSA provides physicians and other professionals specific guidelines for understanding the health conditions an individual may have that qualify for disability payments and benefits. These guidelines, called the Blue Book, cover disorders of major body systems including the following among 14 recognized categories:

  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Senses and speech
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular ailments

Since 2008, the SSA has developed and recognized a list of Compassionate Allowance Conditions (CAL). The purpose of CAL is to expedite processing of benefits to those with conditions already recognized as severe and disabling. Points about CAL include the following:

  • The SSD application process is no different for a CAL condition.
  • The SSA attempts to process CAL claims in weeks instead of months or years.
  • Recognition of a CAL or other listed disability by the SSA does not mean benefits are automatically approved.
  • Work credit deficiency will lead to denial of benefits even if disability is proven.

As with any SSD or SSI application, we help you prepare and file a complete and accurate claim to speed claim approval with or without a CAL condition.

If you have questions about SSD, CAL or other state or federal disability programs, our experienced legal team provides answers specific to your condition and circumstances.

Trusted help with Social Security Disability application and appeal in Florida

With offices in West Palm Beach, Orlando and Boca Raton, Scott J. Sternberg and Associates, P.A. offers comprehensive legal advice on matters of Social Security Disability to clients facing hardship throughout Florida. You pay no legal fees unless benefits are obtained on your behalf.

We offer evening and weekend appointments and can travel to you if you cannot come to one of our locations. Call us at 561.687.5660 or contact us online for a consultation.



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