What Conditions Are Not Considered A Disability By The SSA?

There are more than 200 physical and mental health conditions that are considered disabling by the Social Security Administration. But, there are mental and physical health conditions that don’t qualify someone for disability benefits. Some conditions are only considered disabling under a specific set of circumstances.

What Conditions Do Not Qualify For Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration publishes all of the medical conditions that qualify for disability benefits in the Blue Book. You can look through the Blue Book at your local Social Security Administration office or scroll through it online at the SSA’s website to find out all of the conditions that qualify for disability benefits.

There are requirements that must be met for every condition that is listed in the Blue Book. Before an application for disability benefits will be approved you must show that you have that condition and that you meet the requirements in the Blue Book. Also, your condition must make it impossible for you to work for at least a year or result in death in order to be considered disabling.

Some common conditions that often don’t qualify for disability benefits are:

  • Sprains, strains, and injuries that heal in a few weeks or months
  • Appendicitis
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Concussions
  • Crohns disease
  • High cholesterol
  • And More.

If your condition is short-term, and is not expected to keep you from working for at least 12 months, or result in death then you likely will not qualify for disability.

Determining If Your Condition Does Qualify For Disability Benefits

The best way to determine if your condition qualifies for disability benefits is to search the Blue Book. Just make sure that you pay attention to the listing requirements and what evidence you need to submit to prove that you meet those requirements.

The medical evidence that you submit with your application is very important. Without a letter of diagnosis and other medical evidence, you won’t be able to prove that you meet the Blue Book requirements.

When Your Long-Term Condition Isn’t In the Blue Book

If you have a medical condition that makes it impossible for you to work for at least 12 months but it’s not in the Blue Book you may still be approved for Social Security disability benefits if you expect that the condition will last for at least 12 months and the symptoms or treatment makes it impossible for you to work.

You will need to submit an RFC with all of your medical records and medical evidence to prove that you are disabled. Your doctor needs to fill out the RFC, or an MRFC if your condition is a mental health issue. Your doctor should describe in as much detail as possible what your symptoms are and how they make it impossible for you to work.

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