Common Veterans’ Disabilities that Qualify for SSDI

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Mar 30, 2021 | Sara Khaki

There are many different disabilities that could qualify a veteran for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. These disabilities could be mental or physical, and many qualify for a fast-track decision due to their severity.

While the deciding factor in SSDI claims is whether or not you are unable to work due to a disability, approval is never guaranteed. However, the right legal counsel can improve a veteran’s chances of obtaining Social Security disability benefits. Talk to a disability representative on our team to learn more about common veterans’ disabilities that qualify for SSDI.

Common Conditions Eligible for SSDI Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a formal list of impairments that qualify for SSDI. It’s worth noting, however, that just because a condition doesn’t appear on this list doesn’t mean it won’t qualify a disabled vet for SSDI benefits.

Cardiovascular Disorders

Cardiovascular disorders cover a variety of issues in the heart and circulatory system. Major surgeries like heart transplants and disorders like ischemic heart disease or chronic heart failure are covered under SSDI.

Immune System Disorders

SSDI benefits also cover a broad spectrum of disabilities affecting the immune system, including inflammatory diseases like arthritis as well as immune-deficiency disorders such as HIV.

Musculoskeletal System Disabilities

Many of the physical injuries commonly associated with active-duty military service result in long-term musculoskeletal system issues. Some of these conditions have short-term affects, like fractures or herniated disks, while other musculoskeletal system disabilities could have long-term consequences, including spinal injuries or amputations.

Cancer

Cancer could qualify a veteran for SSDI benefits. Many types of cancers are linked to military service, especially in cases where servicemembers were exposed to hazardous chemicals like Agent Orange.

Mental Health Disorders

There are many different mental health disorders that could qualify for SSDI benefits. Veterans who suffer from psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, paranoia, personality disorders, or autism and are unable to work as a result may be eligible to receive SSDI.

One of the most common mental disorders in veterans is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This condition can occur from a variety of traumatic experiences during active-duty military service, including combat or training exercises.

Understanding Fast-Track Decisions

Certain disabling conditions not only qualify for SSDI benefits, but they are also eligible for expedited processing. In total, more than 240 conditions could be eligible for a fast-track decision. Fast-tracking SSDI claims means that a decision which might normally take months could be reduced to a matter of days.

Expedited processing is generally available for conditions that are fast-moving and severe to ensure applicants have a chance to obtain benefits when they are facing fatal illnesses. Some of qualifying conditions include cancer, neurological disease, genetic disorders, or other conditions that could lead to death or the inability to maintain employment.

Ask Our Firm about which Veteran’s Disabilities Commonly Qualify for SSDI

A variety of service-related disabilities can qualify a former servicemember for SSDI benefits. To put yourself in the best position to receive SSDI benefits for your service-connected impairments, get in touch with a hearing claims advocate on our team today.


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