Types of Impairment for SSDI and SSI

Social Security Disability – Eligible Physical and Mental Impairments

Under current law, certain physical and mental conditions that impair an individual’s ability to work qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. In order to recover Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), medical documentation and a diagnosis must be provided verifying your disability.

While documenting treatment for physical injuries or chronic medical conditions often involve a diagnosis and history of treatment, mental conditions can present certain kinds of challenges. People often suffer from depression or anxiety for years without seeking treatment; as a result, there may be little in the way of medical history that verifies a psychological disability. At the Law Offices of Jason Khattar, our lawyers work with medical experts and mental health professionals in verifying our client’s condition in application for SSDI or SSI benefits.

The list of physical and mental impairments that qualify for SSDI and SSI is fairly substantial. If you can no longer work or are having difficulty maintaining a regular work schedule due to a physical or mental condition, contact Social Security disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason Khattar today to schedule a free consultation.

What Physical and Mental Conditions Qualify for Social Security Benefits?

The following kinds of physical and mental impairments may qualify someone for Social Security disability benefits:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Blood disorders
  • Endocrine system disorders
  • Immune system disorders
  • Psychological / mental disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Neoplasm malignancies
  • Skin disorders
  • Genitourinary / Urinary disorders
  • Speech, hearing, seeing conditions
  • Verifying Physical Impairments

Although most first time applications for SSDI or SSI are rejected, a large number are approved on appeal. While there are four levels of appeal, only the Administrative Hearing appeal allows you to introduce additional medical evidence or testimony on your behalf. As such, it’s crucial that you document your condition and with medical records, letters from your doctors, and your work history. In some cases, you may be asked to be examined by a doctor working for the Social Security Administration (SSA). Having a specialist examine you shortly after is essential should the SSA physician attempt to downplay or dispute your physical injuries or condition.

Social Security Disability – Verifying Mental Impairments


Although most people don’t immediately think of depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, or eating disorders when they think of disability benefits, mental conditions can be extremely debilitating. In some cases, their adverse impact on one’s ability to work can be difficult to document. Seeking help from a qualified medical doctor and mental health professional establishes your condition and can help protect your job until you can qualify for disability benefits.

If you have questions regarding Social Security disability benefits, contact us HERE for the Law Offices of Jason Khattar today to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help you.