You may have been recently diagnosed with a health condition that has seriously diminished your ability to perform day-to-day tasks. Namely, these tasks may entail those that are part of your job description. This is when Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may be fitting. Read on to discover whether your health conditions qualify for SSDI benefits and how one of the seasoned attorneys of SSDI eligibility in New Jersey, at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur, can help you assess this.

What health conditions count toward SSDI benefits?

You cannot assume that your health condition automatically makes you qualified for SSDI benefits. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict parameters surrounding who receives these benefits. With that being said, a snippet of the SSA’s list of eligible health conditions reads as follows:

  • Physical health conditions:
    • Injuries from personal injury accidents.
    • Traumatic brain injuries and cognitive disorders.
    • Spinal cord injuries and arthritis.
    • Musculoskeletal disorders.
    • Respiratory disorders.
    • Hematological disorders.
    • Immune system disorders.
    • Congenital disorders that affect multiple body systems.
    • Cancer and malignant neoplastic diseases.
  • Mental health conditions:
    • Depressive, bipolar, and related disorders.
    • Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
    • Trauma and stressor-related disorders.
    • Neurodevelopmental disorders.
    • Intellectual disorder.
    • Learning disabilities.
    • Autism spectrum disorder.
    • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders.
    • Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Should I apply for SSDI benefits?

You must keep in mind that there are many more eligible health conditions than what is mentioned above. So, if you are still wondering whether the SSA will accept your application for SSDI benefits, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is your condition found in the SSA’s list of disabling conditions?
  • Are you unable to work and engage in substantial gainful activity because of your health condition?
  • Are you unable to continue working in your current job position because of your health condition?
  • Are you unable to adjust to another job position because of your health condition?
  • Are you unable to receive a temporary amount of financial support from other family members?
  • Are you unable to receive a temporary amount of financial support from your workers’ compensation, insurance, savings, and investments?
  • Has your health condition lasted or is expected to last at least one year, or is it otherwise expected to result in death?

If your answers to all of the above questions are “yes,” then you may proceed forward with an SSDI benefits application. Of note, there are many more steps that need to be taken to successfully reach the finish line.¬†And so, a competent New Jersey SSDI eligibility attorney at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur is here whenever you are ready to initiate your application. Simply call our firm at your earliest possible convenience.