Qualifying Disabling Conditions For SSD

Under Social Security, a claimant is "disabled" and entitled to benefits if they cannot work. The test used is whether the individual is capable of "substantial gainful activity." At Fox & Fox Co. L.P.A., our attorneys have more than 85 years of combined legal experience. We understand the trouble you are facing through the SSD process and will work tirelessly to ensure you recover the benefits you are owed.

As the Social Security Administration (SSA) works through disability claims, the fact that the claimant cannot work must be the result of one or more medically determinable physical and/or mental problems. If one problem alone does not prevent a claimant from working, but two or more problems combine to do so, the claimant will be considered disabled.

The SSA, in considering whether a claimant is disabled, will consider both medical impairments and a claimant's vocational ability to work. There are numerous qualifying conditions - both physical and mental - which include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clots
  • Heart failure
  • Crohn's disease
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Lupus
  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Herniated discs
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Cellulitis

The problem that causes a claimant to be disabled does not have to be the result of work. However, if a claimant is disabled due to work, they can still receive Social Security Disability, as long as the requirements are met. (There may be an offset if the claimant is also receiving workers' compensation benefits.)

As your lawyers, we will thoroughly examine your situation and provide clear guidance on the disability claim process. If you are eligible for both disability and workers' compensation benefits, our Ohio attorneys will explain your options.

We encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation at either our Amelia or Cincinnati office. We can be reached by phone or through our convenient online contact form.