Have you recently been injured, contracted an illness or experienced the progression of a pre-existing condition that has left you unable to work or possibly even struggling to care for yourself? If so, you may wonder if you might qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

It’s important to understand that these benefits are intended for those with conditions so severe that they can no longer work or care for themselves. Therefore, qualifying requires intense scrutiny of your claim. Determining whether or not your condition might meet the criteria for SSDI benefits often requires careful consideration.

The Social Security Administration looks at both diagnosis and severity

If you visit the website for the Social Security Administration (SSA), you will find that they have a relatively comprehensive list of medical conditions that qualify for SSDI benefits. Each of these conditions is grouped based on the part of the body that it affects.

However, potential applicants need to understand that the inclusion or exclusion of their medical condition from the list is not a direct indicator of the likely success of an SSDI application. After all, the impact a condition has will vary from person to person. The SSA must carefully analyze applications for benefits, including medical documentation about the seriousness of the condition or the way its symptoms impact the individual involved.

It may be possible for someone with a condition listed by the SSA to be denied benefits, just like it may be possible for someone whose medical diagnosis is not on the list to eventually secure benefits as well. If you believe you’ve been wrongly denied benefits, it may be wise to contact an experienced attorney.