Most Common Conditions that Qualify for Long-Term Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides only long-term disability benefits. That means that the disabling condition must either have lasted or be expected to last for at least one year or to be expected to end in death. SSA provides a listing of disabling conditions and the criteria someone suffering from those conditions must meet in order to qualify for Social Security disability (SSDI) in the Social Security Blue Book.
The Blue Book isn’t a complete listing of medical conditions that may qualify a person for SSDI, though. You may be eligible for disability benefits based on a combination of conditions. And, some conditions are far more common among SSDI recipients than others.
The Five Most Common Conditions Leading to SSDI Awards
According to the SSA, the most common conditions leading to a Social Security disability benefits award in 2021 were:
- Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue disorders (36.2%)
- Neoplasms, or abnormal masses of tissue, which may or may not be cancerous (12.6%)
- Mental disorders (12.1%)
- Circulatory system issues (10.9%)
- Diseases of the nervous system and sense organs (9.4%)
Within each category, some disorders are far more common than others. For instance, though the Blue Book lists several mental disorders, depression, bipolar disorder and related conditions made up more than ⅓ of mental disorder awards in 2021.
Just 18.8% of disabled worker awards in 2021 fell outside the five categories listed above. This balance has shifted over time. For example, in 1996, just 20.6% of those receiving SSDI benefits were receiving benefits for musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders. Across the next 25 years, that share increased from about ⅕ to more than ⅓.
What if My Condition Doesn’t Fall Into One of These Categories?
First, don’t worry! 18.8% seems like a small share for all other medical conditions, but in 2021 that 18.8% amounted to more than 100,000 disabled workers receiving new Social Security disability benefits awards. It’s also possible that your condition does fall into one of the most common categories and you just don’t recognize its technical classification. For example, before reading this post you may not have realized that cancer would be classified as “neoplasms.”
Whether you are uncertain about qualifying for disability benefits or have applied for SSDI and been denied, Disability Help Group is here for you. To learn more about how we can help, call (800) 800-3332 right now, or fill out the contact form on this site.