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What Are Common Illnesses And Injuries In SSD Claims?

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits provide millions of people with the income and health care they need to get by. Almost any injury or illness can count as a disability if it’s chronic and significant enough. However, qualifying for SSD – and proving that your condition is a disability – can be an uphill battle.

At Shawn Taylor, PLLC, we help people with all kinds of illnesses and injuries get the disability benefits they deserve. Our lawyer, Shawn Taylor, draws on more than 30 years of experience to build successful claims for clients. Based in Charleston, we work with people from all walks of life across West Virginia and Appalachia.

Common Injuries In SSD Cases

Many types of injuries can lead to long-term impairments that jeopardize your ability to work. Some of the most common disabling injuries in SSD claims include:

  • Back injuries: Chronic back pain, lower back pain, problems with the lumbar spine (especially L5), disc herniation, ruptured discs and disc fusion are just a few of the back issues that can majorly impact your life. These injuries can make it hard to lift, walk, stand or sit at a desk for lengthy periods of time. They can limit your ability to perform many other job duties.
  • Nerve injuries: Nerve damage and neurological and neuromuscular disorders – such as carpal – may have a debilitating impact.
  • Head and brain injuries: Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can take a big toll on your cognitive function. They can also impact your mobility, speech, vision, hearing and other senses.

Common Illnesses In SSD Cases

Many chronic and terminal illnesses may also qualify as disabilities for purposes of SSD benefits. The most common include:

  • Heart disease: Heart issues of any kind may require significant restrictions that make it difficult or impossible to work.
  • Mental health disorders: Severe mental health conditions – such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder – can qualify as disabilities if they limit your ability to work.
  • Neurological disorders: Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other neurological illnesses are often grounds for SSD claims.
  • Chronic headaches: Severe and chronic headaches such as migraines may qualify as disabilities.
  • Other chronic diseases: Cancer, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, respiratory illnesses and numerous other diseases are often grounds for disability claims.

Wondering If Your Medical Condition Qualifies For Disability Benefits?

Talk to our attorney during a free 30-minute consultation. He can answer your questions and provide guidance on whether you may have a claim. Please contact our firm online or by phone at 304-932-4619.