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Social Security Disability Insurance - Physical Impairments

Physical impairments stemming from a medical condition, injury or terminal illness can have a large impact on a person’s life.  Physical impairments can also have a catastrophic effect on ones ability to work.  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is available to an individual when he or she is unable to work due to a physical impairment.  The attorneys at Peña & Bromberg have years of experience representing individuals seeking SSDI for physical impairments.

SSDI is not available to everyone and a person must meet certain requirements in order to qualify for these benefits.  Essentially, a person must be unable to work due to a severe physical, psychological, or, a combination of impairments.   A person may also be given disability benefits if he or she cannot do the work he or she did previously and work cannot be adjusted to meet his or her specific needs. 

The Social Security Administration has compiled a list of medical conditions that qualify for SSDI.  The conditions are broken down into categories based on the type of impairment.  

The categories are as follows:

  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Special Senses and Speech
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Digestive System
  • Genitourinary Disorders
  • Hematological Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems
  • Neurological
  • Cancer
  • Immune System

Some of the most commonly claimed impairments are as follows:

  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Vision Impairment
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Kidney Failure
  • Diabetes
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lyme Disease
  • Cancer

It is also important to remember that just because a person’s impairment is not specifically listed does not mean that he or she does not qualify for SSDI.  If an impairment is not listed, the Social Security Administration will decide whether it is as severe as a listed impairment.  Even if it is not, a person still may qualify if he or she cannot do the work he or she previously did.

At Peña & Bromberg they understand that your livelihood might be dependent upon receiving disability benefits.  Our attorneys work on a contingency basis and do not get paid unless you win.  If you are considering applying for SSDI benefits or have already applied and been denied, Peña & Bromberg can help.  Call our Fresno, CA attorneys at (559) 439-9700 to schedule a consultation today.  Phone appointments are also available.




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