What conditions qualify you for disability in El Paso?

El Paso, TX – Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is intended to help people who become too ill to work, yet have many years to wait till they reach retirement age. The requirements are however very strict. To get SSDI benefits you must have a number of work credits and be diagnosed with a condition that is on the list approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA). At present, in the US more than 10 million people rely on Social Security benefits based on a disability.

This article will explain what conditions qualify you for disability benefits. However, keep in mind that you may be able to get disability benefits even if your condition is not listed, but is similar to one that is on the list. If you don’t know whether you qualify or not, you should reach out to an El Paso Social Security Disability Attorney. They’ll refer you to a medical expert who will determine whether your health issues meet the SSA’s definition of disability.

Main Conditions that Make You Eligible for Disability Benefits in Texas

You cannot get SSDI benefits if your disability is only partial or temporary. To see your application approved, you must prove that your medical condition or impairment is expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months or lead to death.

Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue problems:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)

Cardiovascular and circulatory problems:

  • Angina
  • Heart diseases
  • Hypertension

Nervous system conditions:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Blindness (vision less than 20/200 in your better eye)
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing loss (profound hear loss)


Mental disorders

  • Mood disorders
  • Autism or Asperger’s syndrome
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • PTSD

Will I Have to Go to a Consultative Examination?

When you apply for SSDI benefits, the most important thing is to submit ample medical proof that you are incapable of holding a job due to your health issues. This will include your medical history from the moment you started having problems, diagnosis, treatment, your physician’s observations, etc. You should work with a knowledgeable Texas disability lawyer to make sure your file contains enough evidence so you’re not required to attend a consultative examination (CE). In most cases, the CE is performed by a doctor or a commission appointed by Social Services. 

If you look at the conditions listed above, it’s obvious that if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, or heart failure, they won’t give you much trouble. Yet, for other conditions, the examiner will want to determine if it’s severe enough to prevent you from earning a living. 

According to statistics, almost one-third of the people on disability benefits have musculoskeletal system problems. Take back pain, for instance. Most adults experience such pain at some point in their life, but that doesn’t stop them from going to work. To qualify for SSDI benefits, your back pain must be caused by serious problems, such as scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, ruptured disc, or spinal disorders.

Mental disorders account for 20% of approved disability applications, but again you must prove you’re unable to work. Your lawyers will put you in touch with independent mental health experts who can say that your mood disorder or depression is so severe that it limits your ability to interact with other people or causes concentration and memory problems. 

If you want to apply for SSDI, you should schedule a consultation with a reliable social security disability lawyer at the Jon Sipes law firm, serving New Mexico and Texas.

Contact info:

Jon Sipes Attorney at Law 

Phone: 915.500.4016

700 N Stanton St. Suite 210, El Paso, TX 79902

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