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What conditions qualify me to receive disability benefits?

If you're suffering from a medical condition listed in what's colloquially known as the Social Security Administration's (SSA) "blue book," there's a strong likelihood that you may qualify to receive disability benefits.

In order to be automatically qualified to receive either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), your condition must be included in the SSA's "Listing of Medical Impairments."

Adults with respiratory illnesses that include cystic fibrosis and severe asthma are generally eligible to receive SSDI or SSI. So, too, are those with blood disorders like hemophilia or sickle cell disease.

Any adult with the documented cardiovascular conditions of coronary artery disease or chronic heart failure is automatically eligible to receive SSDI also. Those with compromised immune systems, whether it stems from lupus, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS or rheumatoid arthritis can receive SSI benefits as well.

Individuals who suffer from chronic digestive problems such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, liver disease or musculoskeletal problems also qualify. Those afflicted with neurological disorders, e.g., epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, or mental health conditions like autism or depression may quality for either SSDI or SSI also.

Those with hearing or vision loss or problems with their speech automatically qualify to receive these benefits under existing guidelines.

Even if your condition doesn't fall on this list, you may still be eligible to receive either SSI or SSDI. Whether you're suffering from that condition or one from the list, your ability to receive benefits is contingent upon your completion of a physical exam, outcome of tests that have been performed on you and a thorough review of your medical records and blood panels.

If you believe that you may qualify for disability benefits, an Indianapolis Supplemental Security Income attorney can guide you through the process involved.

Source: FindLaw, "Medical conditions that qualify you for disability claims," accessed May 25, 2018

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