Social Security Disability Oklahoma – Which Illnesses, Injuries, and Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability Oklahoma?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict criteria regarding eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. SSA’s impairment listing manual (called the Blue Book) lists the qualifying impairments, both mental and physical. These medical conditions create a presumption of disability, provided the applicant’s condition meets the disability requirements. With each listing, there are symptoms, limitations, and tests that you must have to get approved for the benefits. At Social Security Law Center, we understand the illnesses, injuries, and conditions that qualify for listing level impairments. These include:

  • Musculoskeletal problems like cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative joint disease of the hips, knees, and ankles, amputations, and non-healing fractures of the arms and legs
  • Cardiovascular conditions like coronary artery disease, chronic heart failure, ischemic heart disease, congenital heart disease, heart transplants, aneurysm of the aorta or major branches, chronic venous insufficiency, and peripheral arterial disease. .
  • Senses and speech issues like hearing and vision loss
  • Respiratory illnesses like COPD, cystic fibrosis, chronic pulmonary hypertension, and asthma
  • Neurological disorders like peripheral neuropathy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease 
  • Mental disorders like autism, depression, intellectual disorder (low IQ), schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety  
  • Immune system disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and HIV/AIDS  
  • Skin disorders like burns and dermatitis  
  • Digestive tract problems like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and liver disease 
  • Kidney disease 
  • Genitourinary problems
  • Cancers like lung cancer, breast cancer, mesothelioma, and most other types of cancer
  • Hematological diseases like sickle cell anemia, bone marrow failure, thrombosis, and hemolytic anemia

What to Do If You Have a Listed Impairment 

If your disability is listed in the Blue Book, the first step is to get a diagnosis from a doctor. However, a diagnosis alone is typically not sufficient and you will have to make sure you have all the other criteria necessary for meeting the Blue Book listings. For conditions that do not meet the Blue Book Listings, the SSA looks past the diagnosis to determine if you have an actual physical or cognitive limitations. At Social Security Law Center will help you prove:

  • Your impairment prevents you from continuing your past relevant work (i.e., work you have done in the last 15 years);
  • Your impairment prevents you from getting any other type of gainful employment. For instance, the SSA determines your residual functional capacity (RFC) by considering how much you can lift and carry, how long you can stand or walk, how long you can sit, and any other non-exertional imitations you may have. 
  • Your impairment is likely to last for more than 12 months
  • Your impairment is likely to cause your death

Common Impairments Not in the Blue Book

Note that you don’t need to have an impairment that is listed in the Blue Book to get disability benefits. For example, migraine headaches are not listed, but if your migraines are severe enough and well documented, we will help you prove that you are unable to sustain a job as a result. Other common impairments not listed in the Blue Book include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy 
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Celiac disease 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome

Call the Social Security Law Center today to increase your chances of success with the initial application or for an appeal if your claim is denied. We are a leading social security law firm in existence since 1990.