Types of Disabling Conditions

Do you suffer from an injury or illness that is severe enough to qualify you for long-term disability benefits? Are you unsure of whether your condition is severe enough to qualify? If so, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced Minnesota long-term disability lawyer at Robert Wilson & Associates to discuss your situation. When you contact us, a knowledgeable and compassionate member of our team will sit down with you and provide you with a free evaluation of your conditions and will inform you of your right to disability benefits.

Not all individuals who qualify for long-term disability have just one illness or injury. Instead, a combination of impairments may compound and render the individual totally disabled and may qualify them for long-term disability benefits. Unfortunately, insurance companies often fail to take into account the impact that an illness or disability can have on your life. Sometimes, they fail to note that constant pain or lack of sleep caused by your condition can severely hinder your ability to work and enjoy a normal life.

At Robert Wilson & Associates, our understanding and experienced long-term disability attorneys will work with you to get a full understanding of your condition. We don’t just look at your documented medical conditions, we also take into consideration the other factors like side effects of medication, cognitive impairment, fatigue, and pain and how they affect your ability to work and perform daily activities.

As your advocates, we will work hard to build the strongest and most convincing disability case on your behalf. It is our goal to get your benefits approved, and we will fight for you on appeal or in litigation if necessary. Whatever it takes, we understand how important these benefits are to you, and we’ll be there to help make sure you get them. Contact us at (612) 334-3444 to schedule a free consultation.

What are the types of disabling conditions?

Two listings dictate the types of conditions considered to be disabling. The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a listing of impairments, both physical and mental, that automatically entitle individuals to Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), while the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability.

Social Security Administration Blue Book Impairments

Part A of the SSA Blue Book classifies impairments under 14 different categories.

Musculoskeletal System

  • Major dysfunction of a joint(s)
  • Reconstructive surgery or surgical arthrodesis of a major weight-bearing joint
  • Disorders of the spine
  • Amputation
  • Fracture of the femur, tibia, pelvis, or one or more of the tarsal bones
  • Fracture of an upper extremity
  • Soft tissue injury (e.g., burns)

Special Senses And Speech

  • Loss of central visual acuity
  • Contraction of the visual fields in the better eye
  • Loss of visual efficiency
  • Disturbance of labyrinthine-vestibular function
  • Loss of speech
  • Hearing loss not treated with cochlear implantation
  • Hearing loss treated with cochlear implantation

Respiratory Disorders

  • Chronic Respiratory Disorders
  • Asthma
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic pulmonary hypertension due to any cause
  • Lung transplant
    Respiratory Failure

Cardiovascular System

  • Chronic heart failure
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Recurrent arrhythmias
  • Symptomatic congenital heart disease
  • Heart transplant
  • Aneurysm of aorta or major branches
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Peripheral arterial disease

Digestive System

  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging from any cause, requiring a blood transfusion
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Short bowel syndrome (SBS)
  • Weight Loss due to any digestive disorder
  • Liver transplant

Genitourinary Disorders

  • Chronic kidney disease, with chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis
  • Chronic kidney disease, with a kidney transplant
  • Chronic kidney disease, with impairment of kidney function
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Complications of chronic kidney disease

Hematological Disorders

  • Hemolytic anemias, including sickle cell disease, thalassemia, and their variants
  • Disorders of thrombosis and hemostasis
  • Disorders of bone marrow failure
  • Hematological disorders treated by bone marrow or stem cell transplantation
  • Repeated complications of hematological disorders

Skin Disorders

  • Ichthyosis
  • Bullous disease
  • Chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes
  • Dermatitis
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Genetic photosensitivity disorders
  • Burns

Endocrine Disorders

  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Thyroid gland disorders
  • Parathyroid gland disorders
  • Adrenal gland disorders
  • Diabetes mellitus and other pancreatic gland disorders
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypoglycemia

Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems

  • Non-mosaic Down syndrome (chromosome 21 trisomy or chromosome 21 translocation)

Neurological Disorders

  • Epilepsy
  • Benign brain tumors
  • Parkinsonian syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neurodegenerative disorders of the central nervous system, such as Huntington’s disease, Friedreich’s ataxia, and spinocerebellar degeneration
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Coma or persistent vegetative state
  • Motor neuron disorders other than ALS

Mental Disorders

  • Neurocognitive disorders
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Depressive, bipolar and related disorders
  • Intellectual disorder
  • Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Somatic symptom and related disorders
  • Personality and impulse-control disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma- and stressor-related disorders


  • Soft tissue cancers of the head and neck
  • Skin
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Salivary glands
  • Thyroid gland
  • Breast
  • Skeletal system–sarcoma
  • Maxilla, orbit or temporal fossa
  • Nervous system
  • Lungs
  • Pleura or mediastinum
  • Esophagus or stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Large intestine
  • Liver or gallbladder
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys, adrenal glands, or ureters–carcinoma
  • Urinary bladder–carcinoma
  • Cancers of the female genital tract–carcinoma or sarcoma
  • Prostate gland– carcinoma
  • Cancer treated by bone marrow or stem cell transplantation
  • Malignant melanoma

Immune System Disorders

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Systemic vasculitis
  • Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)
  • Polymyositis and dermatomyositis
  • Undifferentiated and mixed connective tissue disease
  • Immune deficiency disorders, excluding HIV infection
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection

Compassionate Allowances Conditions

The SSA’s listing of Compassionate Allowances (CAL) conditions includes:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Adrenal Cancer – with distant metastases or inoperable, unresectable or recurrent
  • Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Adult Onset Huntington Disease
  • Child Lymphoma
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – Adult
  • Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Malignant Multiple Sclerosis
  • Peritoneal Mesothelioma

As mentioned above, the Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims where an applicant’s disease or condition meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability.

Contact Robert Wilson & Associates For Help

Do you need help getting long-term disability benefits? By working with a long-term disability lawyer from Robert Wilson & Associates, you can get assistance with the application, the collection and submission of necessary medical information, and help with appeals or litigation if necessary. Don’t wait any longer to get the benefits you need. Contact us at (612) 334-3444 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation today.