If you or a loved one suffered a severe injury and now have a disability that prevents you from working, you could be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

In order to obtain benefits, your disability must meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of a disability, which is a mental or physical impairment that prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity on a daily basis for at least 12 months.


Here are some common examples of disabilities that may be eligible for SSDI:

  • Neurological disorders – Examples include muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and epilepsy
  • Back and joint problems – This includes arthritis and back pain
  • Chronic health problems – Headaches, fatigue and other conditions that do not have a proper name
  • Mental health/behavioral disorders – Anxiety, autism, Schizophrenia and personality disorders
  • Digestive issues – Including liver problems and bowel disorders
  • Respiratory system issues – People suffering from the flu or emphysema may be eligible for benefits
  • Cardiovascular ailments – Heart disease, high blood pressure, heart failure and people with transplanted hearts
  • Endocrine system disorders – This includes issues with thyroid and pituitary glands
  • Immune system issues – Immune system deficiency disorders, Lupus and inflammatory arthritis
  • Skin disorders – Dermatitis, chronic skin infections and Bullous disease are a few examples

There are many other disabilities not listed above that qualify you for SSDI. However, just because you clearly have a serious disability does not mean that you will get benefits.

The SSA has very specific criteria for each disability, which might prevent you from receiving benefits. For instance, individuals with cerebral palsy may have to have a certain IQ or show significant issues with motor functions.

If you think that you should apply for SSDI, contact the skilled Social Security Disability attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm today to discuss your claim. We can help you through every step of the process and help make sure you have the best chance at receiving benefits.