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Common Disabling Medical Impairments That May Qualify For Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews many disability application claims every day. Unfortunately, many people who genuinely need benefits are denied because their ailment or impairment is not properly documented. With the help of a North Carolina Social Security Disability (SSD) attorney, you can ensure that your application is completed properly the first time.

Below are some of the most common types of disabilities and impairments we see at Bridgman Law Offices:

Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • These types of disorders can be inherited, congenital or acquired. They include problems affecting joints, muscles, ligaments and bones, including the spine. A great many musculoskeletal impairments are the result of traumatic damage from some sort of accident.

Cardiovascular Disorders

  • Much of the SSA’s evaluation will focus on whether your disorder, such as heart failure or coronary artery disease, limits your ability to continue working and puts you at risk of suffering cardiac arrest or other heart-related issues.

Respiratory Disorders

  • These disorders prevent proper lung functioning, resulting in shortness of breath and other health problems. For those struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, the SSA will look to breath tests and other medical evidence when determining whether to approve benefits. For episodic disorders like asthma and bronchitis, the frequency of episodes that require medical attention will be important information to document in your application. Your attorney can explain all contributing factors and ensure that your application or appeal highlights key medical information.


  • A diagnosis of some forms of cancer will automatically qualify a person for disability benefits. For others, they may be deemed disabled if the cancer has progressed to a certain stage. Others may be found disabled if the combination of the cancer symptoms and the effect of treatments make it too difficult to work.

Neurological Disorders

  • These disorders include a wide range of afflictions that affect the brain, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. Common disorders include:
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Epilepsy
    • Myasthenia gravis

Chronic Pain

  • Chronic pain is a very real condition that afflicts many SSD claimants. It may stem from an illness or an injury or it may have an unknown cause. In many instances, chronic pain can limit a person’s ability to carry out basic, everyday functions such as walking, sitting, standing or bending. With the help of a lawyer, you can trace the extent of your condition and how it has impacted your life.

Contact An SSD Attorney About Your Condition And How To Apply For Benefits

If you or a loved one is struggling with an ailment or disability, get the information you need regarding SSD benefits by contacting us at Bridgman Law Offices at 877-330-4817. Our primary office is in Charlotte and we work with clients throughout the state as well as people in the Atlanta metro area and in Columbia, South Carolina.