Social Security Disability:

Medical Conditions that Qualify as Disabilities

The Social Security Administration has maintained a list of medical conditions that are so debilitating, they automatically qualify a person as disabled. For each major body system, the Administration has outlined severe impairments that will prevent a person from doing any gainful activity. Most of these conditions are permanent or expected to end in death. For all other impairments, evidence must prove that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year.

While this list is not exhaustive, some medical conditions that may qualify a person as disabled include:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Aneurysm of the aorta
  • Chronic liver disease with hemorrhaging
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Brain tumors
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Convulsive epilepsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Lupus

The level of severity and response to treatments will be considered when assessing individuals with these conditions. The Social Security Administration outlines the medical criteria that apply to the evaluation of these impairments on their website.

If you have one of the above medical conditions or believe your condition qualifies you for social security disability benefits, fill out our free case review form on the right. Our social security disability attorneys will evaluate your claim for free and tell you whether you qualify for disability benefits.