What Qualifies as a Physical Disability?

For most people who suffer physical disabilities that keep them from working, the most important question is: What qualifies as a physical disability? In the most basic terms, a qualifying physical disability, for purposes of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), has to render you "disabled" under the SSDI definition. This means that the injury or illness causes you to be unable to do your job or to be unable to adjust to other work, and is expected to last at least a year or result in death.

Even though the definition of "disability" is relatively simply, applying for and obtaining your SSDI benefits is another matter. At the Adler Firm, PLLC, in Traverse City and Detroit, we have more than 30 years of experience helping people throughout the state of Michigan. Our attorneys can help you through the entire SSDI process to help you get the benefits you need.

Physical Impairments That Qualify for SSDI

The Social Security Administration has a long list of qualifying injuries and limitations. The qualifying physical conditions include the following categories:

  • Musculoskeletal system — including injuries to joints, reconstructive surgery, spinal disorders and amputations
  • Special senses and speech — including loss of vision and loss of speech
  • Respiratory system — including asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep-related breathing disorders, obesity, primary pulmonary hypertension and lung transplants
  • Cardiovascular system — including chronic heart failure, ischemic heart disease, heart transplants and aortic aneurysms, high blood pressure/ hypertension

  • Digestive systems — including gastrointestinal hemorrhaging, chronic liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease and liver transplants
  • Genitourinary impairments — including impairment of renal functioning and nephrotic syndrome
  • Hematological disorders — including chronic anemia, sickle cell disease, chronic thrombocytopenia, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, coagulation defects and chronic granulocytopenia
  • Skin disorders — including ichthyosis, bullous disease, dermatitis and burns
  • Endocrine system — including thyroid disorders, hyperparathyroidism, hyperfunction of the adrenal cortex, and diabetes mellitus
  • Impairments that affect multiple body systems — including non-mosaic Down syndrome
  • Neurological — including epilepsy (convulsive and non-convulsive), brain tumors, Parkinsonian syndrome, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, anterior poliomyelitis and muscular dystrophy
  • Malignant neoplastic diseases — including soft-tissue tumors of the head and neck, soft-tissue sarcoma, lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma
  • Immune system disorders — including systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic vasculitis, systemic sclerosis, polymyositis and dermatomyositis, immune deficiency disorders, human immunodeficiency (HIV) infection and inflammatory arthritis

Even if one impairment alone does not qualify you, a combination of several smaller impairments might make you eligible. Contact the Adler Firm, PLLC, for a free consultation with a Michigan SSDI attorney to see if you could qualify for benefits.

Talk to Adler Firm, PLLC, for Help Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits

We have extensive experience helping individuals with physical impairments obtain benefits. We have offices in Detroit and Traverse City. To speak with a SSDI benefits lawyer from the firm, call or contact us online.