Qualifying Impairments


Listed Impairments Under Social Security Disability


To qualify for benefits under Social Security Disability, you must have a diagnosis of a serious physical or mental impairment. Your symptoms must be severe enough to prevent you from sustaining full-time work of any kind.


At Kennedy & Colasurd, we excel at helping people present their best cases to prove that they are indeed disabled under the Social Security Administration’s definitions. This requires legal knowledge, medical knowledge, attention to detail and often courtroom skills. Our experienced lawyer represents people at all stages of the disability claims and appeals process.


Our Columbus law firm serves Franklin County, Fairfield County and surrounding counties of Central Ohio. Contact us today for a free case review.


Qualification for Social Security Disability


The Social Security Administration grants disability benefits based upon your disability, age, education, past work skills and other criteria. Special consideration is given to claimants who:

  • Are over age 50
  • Have less education or low IQ
  • Have limited job skills or work history
  • Have a combination of physical and/or mental impairments

Qualifying Disabilities for SSD and SSI


An award of Social Security Disability benefits may also be based upon one of the specifically listed impairments, which requires certain proof of a high degree of disability, but does not consider age, education or work skills. These specific listed disabilities include:


Physical impairments and disease

  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hepatitis and liver disease
  • Asthma/emphysema/COPD
  • Cancer and leukemia
  • Complications of diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken hip or pelvis
  • Herniated disk/back injuries
  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Lupus and fibromyalgia

Mental capacity and mental health impairments

  • Clinical depression
  • Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Retardation/cognitive deficits

Certain conditions are so serious and obviously disabling that the diagnosis is sufficient proof of disability. Other conditions must be thoroughly documented to match the SSA’s specific criteria. Attorney Michael D. Colasurd is experienced at supplementing clients’ files with additional medical records and supporting evidence to make the case.


You must be disabled from work for 12 months or more to receive SSD/SSI benefits. However, you should not wait 12 months to apply for benefits because it takes more than a year to get a hearing. In the meantime, you should keep seeing your doctor(s) and keep a diary of how your condition impairs your life.


Contact Columbus and Lancaster Disability Claim Attorney Michael Colasurd


We offer assistance with your initial claim or swift intervention if your claim has been denied. Call 614-221-8401 or contact us online for a free consultation with our Columbus attorney about SSD qualifying impairments.