What types of disabilities can qualify me for Social Security Disability?

Almost anything severe enough to keep you out of work. Some of the most common disabilities that qualify for SSI include:

  • Spinal disorders, including herniated cervical or lumbar discs, spinal stenosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, compression fractures
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fybromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, AIDS
  • Amputations, multiple fractures requiring surgery, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, chronic regional pain disorder
  • Cancer
  • Decreased vision or hearing, vertigo, tinnitus, stuttering
  • Asthma, emphysema, asbestosis, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Heart attacks, angina, bypass surgery, congestive heart failure, enlarged heart, aneurysm, valve disease, heart transplant
  • Chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, hepititus, ascites, colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulosis, pancreatitis
  • Kidney disease, anemia, leukemia, polycythemia, lymphoma, myeloma, sickle cell anemia
  • Sklerodema, burns, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, melanoma, hydradenitis, skin cancer
  • Diabetes, obesity, neuropathy, retinopathy, thyroid diseases, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure
  • Seizure disorder (epilepsy), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, myasthenia gravis, brain tumor, ALS, alzheimers
  • Depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ADHD, ADD, schizophrenia
  • Substance abuse, alcoholism, prescription pain addiction, personality disorders, mood disorders

If you have asked "Do I qualify for disability?" Review our website for more information and contact our New York disability law firm for a free consultation with an experienced Social Security disability attorney.


Brian has been working since he was 14. He has probably held at least two dozen different jobs, from working in a bookstore, working at a nursing home, even cleaning toilets at a local park when he was growing up, and he has seen people injured and hurt. Now he helps those injured get their lives back on track.