Disabilities that Qualify for SSDI in Texas

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) are often confused, so it’s important to understand their differences in order to know how you may qualify for either. SSI pays benefits to those with limited income and assets, who are above 65, disabled adults, or disabled children. SSDI is funded by Social Security taxes helps to support those who have work experience but are disabled or injured later in life. The amount of SSDI benefits an individual is eligible for in Texas typically depends on their previous income before becoming disabled.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a list of medical conditions that they consider severe enough to automatically consider a person disabled. If your condition is not on that list, then the SSA has to decide if it is of equal severity. Most of the impairments listed are expected to result in death or are permanent. The most common disabilities that qualify for SSDI are:

  • Mental impairment (intellectual disability, mental disorder)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions (arthritis, back injury)
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Nervous system impairment
  • Infectious disease, metabolic and endocrine diseases, and respiratory system diseases also rank among the most common impairments for those receiving disability benefits.

You do not necessarily have to satisfy the requirements of the SSA listings in order to qualify for benefits. You can be awarded disability benefits if certain aspects of your illness or injury can be considered medically equivalent to one on the list. This is referred to as “equaling a disability listing.” Migraine headaches are an example of an unlisted condition that is often considered severe enough to qualify for benefits. If a claimant’s migraines are well documented and proven to be severe enough to effect the ability to work, then it is possible that they can qualify as equaling a disability listing.

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