These can be congenital, hereditary, or pathologically acquired conditions of the skin or mucous membranes. When evaluating claims for disability payments, the Social Security Administration bases its assessment on your submitted medical evidence and information about the extent and effect of your treatments.
Social Security Benefits Claim Document/s: information about your condition’s onset and duration, frequency, prognosis (location, appearance, and size), history of chemical exposure or presence of other toxic substances which might have led to your disease, and laboratory findings
Examples of Qualified Conditions: Burns, Cellulitis, Chronic Skin Diseases, Dermatitis, Ichthyosis, Psoriasis
These pertain to conditions leading to hormonal imbalances in the body. Abnormal activity in the endocrine glands, such as the pituitary, thyroid, or adrenal glands, can produce too much or too little of an essential hormone leading to complications in the human body.
Social Security Benefits Claim Document/s: a record of hospital treatments and other medical findings, a detailed account as to how the condition affects your functional capacity to engage in substantial gainful activity
Examples of Qualified Conditions: Adrenal Gland Disorders, Diabetes, Hyperparathyroidism, Hyperglycemia, Hypoglycemia, Obesity, Pancreatic Gland Disorders, Pancreatitis, Pituitary Gland Disorders, Thyroid Gland Disorders
Congenital Disorders Affecting Multiple Body Systems
For social security benefit requests, the Social Security Administration only considers congenital disorders, which can deviate from, or interrupts the normal function of the body. For applicants with Down Syndrome, only the non-mosaic form is considered.
Social Security Benefits Claim Document/s: laboratory report of your karyotype analysis (for non-mosaic Down syndrome) signed by a physician, or a doctor’s statement attesting to you having a non-mosaic form, other medical evidence that your condition leads to specific functional limitation
Examples of Qualified Conditions: Caudal Regression Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Insomnia, Dwarfism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome,
Hereditary Telangiectasia, Non-mosaic Down Syndrome, Phenylketonuria, Trisomy X Syndrome
These conditions affect the motor, bulbar and neuromuscular function, and leads to a communication impairment, or a combination of physical and mental limitations. The SSA evaluates neurological disorders based on a combination of these manifestations.
Social Security Benefits Claim Document/s: medical record, examination findings, laboratory tests, medically acceptable imaging test results (CT, MRI, EEG), prescribed treatment, and non-medical evidence like a statement about your qualifying impairments signed by another person and documenting how it restricts your work and daily activities
Examples of Qualified Conditions: Anterior Poliomyelitis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Syndrome, Convulsive Epilepsy, Dystonia, Hydrocephalus, Myasthenia Gravis, Narcolepsy, Neuralgia, Neuropathy, Non-convulsive Epilepsy, Parkinsonian Syndrome, Polio, Seizure Disorder, Stroke, Tourette’s Syndrome, or Traumatic Brain Injury
These conditions comprise a wide range of problems and symptoms that are generally characterized based on one’s non-normative thought, emotions, behavior, and relationships with other people.
Social Security Benefits Claim Document/s: You may present evidence from any of these three sources: medical professional/institution, people who know you well, school/work/training. This includes documents such as your medical, psychiatric, and psychological history, physical or mental status exam, structured clinical interview report, psychological rating scales, clinical findings, psychological testing, imaging results, laboratory findings, a listing of medications with dosages and names, therapy sessions, written observations or descriptions of your general functioning, individualized education or rehabilitation program, personal written assessment from a third party
Examples of Qualified Conditions: Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders; Autism spectrum disorder; Depressive, bipolar and related disorders; Eating disorders; Intellectual disorder; Neurocognitive Disorders; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Personality and impulse-control disorders; Schizophrenia Spectrum and other Psychotic Disorders; Somatic symptom and related disorders; and Trauma- and stressor-related disorders
Malignant Neoplastic Diseases/Cancer
When evaluating cancers and malignant diseases, the Social Security Office will look at the origin, applicant’s environment, the extent of therapy, and the effect of treatments.
Social Security Benefits Claim Document/s: medical records specifying the type, extent, and site of the lesion, documentation of cancer’s metastasis, operative procedures and notes, pathology report, hospitalization record, and other medical reports
Examples of Qualified Conditions: Acute Leukemia, Cancer of different body organs, Carcinoid Tumors, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), Lymphedema, Lymphoma, Mesothelioma, Myelofibrosis, Soft Tissue Injury, Vascular Tumors
Immune System Disorders
This category of disability includes disorders that cause dysfunction in your immune system as a result of abnormalities in antibody production, cell-mediated immunity, deficiencies in cells and antibodies, impaired phagocytosis, or complement deficiency.
Social Security Benefits Claim Document/s: medical history, physical examination, laboratory test results, medically acceptable imaging or tissue biopsy
Examples of Qualified Conditions: Epstein-Barr Virus, Guillain Barre Syndrome, HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Polymyositis, Scleroderma,
Low Birth Weight and Failure to Thrive (Children)
This category applies only to children below the age of 18. The disability is evaluated based on the infant’s weight at birth. includes disorders that cause dysfunction in your immune system as a result of abnormalities in antibody production, cell-mediated immunity, deficiencies in cells and antibodies, impaired phagocytosis, or complement deficiency.
Social Security Benefits Claim Document/s: birth certificate, medical records signed by a physician, medical reports about child development
Examples of Qualified Conditions: Developmental Delays, Growth Delays, Low Birth Weights
For more details about the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, including program details, target beneficiaries, benefits, application, and appeals process, check out our resources:
- Complete Guide to Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits.
- Complete Guide to Understanding Supplemental Security Income Benefits.
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