Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) helps millions of Americans pay their bills and keep their heads above water when they get injured or develop an illness that prevents them from working. In many cases, SSDI recipients are permanently unable to do the work they did before and will rely on the money they receive for the rest of their lives.
If you recently got hurt or sick and are unsure about whether you’ll be able to return to work, you may qualify to receive SSDI benefits to replace a percentage of your income. However, it’s important to understand which types of injuries and illnesses are eligible for SSDI benefits.
Some of the most common conditions suffered by SSDI recipients include:
Diseases that affect the immune system can have wide-ranging effects on the body and cause chronic pain, inflammation, fatigue, and exhaustion that can make it difficult or even impossible to work for long periods of time. Some of the most common autoimmune disorders include multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis—both of which are chronic and long-lasting.
The heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body and circulating oxygen to muscles and the brain. When the heart is weakened, it can be difficult to apply any type of physical exertion, making virtually all manual labor jobs impossible and even dangerous and even reducing the effectiveness of sedentary workers. Cardiac conditions that can affect the ability to work include congestive heart failure, heart rhythm disorders, and coronary artery disease.
Diseases and disorders that affect people’s ability to work aren’t just limited to physical maladies. Psychological disorders can also have a dramatic impact on every aspect of a victim’s life—including their job performance—and some conditions can severely limit their ability to perform satisfactory work. Mental disorders that may interfere with gainful employment include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorder, depression, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.
Many occupations are only possible with keen senses. Almost all workers use their sight to perform their work, while others may heavily rely on their hearing, taste, smell, or touch to do their jobs. When any of the senses are lost due to an accident or disease, it can negatively impact the victim’s ability to do their work. Conditions that can result in a loss of senses can include certain neurological disorders, certain types of cancer, strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and certain hereditary conditions.
Painful and traumatic injuries can have the same impact on a victim as serious illnesses. In many cases, victims who experience severe injuries are left with limited mobility or even paralysis in certain parts of their bodies, and some injuries may even require the amputation of limbs. Other victims may suffer from chronic and extreme pain that severely restricts their ability to walk, stand, or sit—and that can affect their ability to perform almost any type of work. Victims often suffer debilitating injuries like these when they’re involved in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, truck accidents, and even negligent medical procedures or surgeries.
This list of disorders, diseases, and injuries isn’t exhaustive and there are countless different types of conditions that may quality people for SSDI benefits.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a disease or injury that seriously interferes with your ability to hold down a full-time job and provide for your family and your claim for SSDI benefits was denied, get in touch with our legal team today. We have two decades of experience fighting for the rights of people throughout Middle Tennessee when their SSDI claims are denied, and we know how to create appeals that are designed to get you the full benefits you deserve.
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