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Five Main Types Of Disability Everybody Should Know About

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April 17th, 2019   |   Updated on May 31st, 2019

If you find yourself in a position where you need to get financial assistance from the government because of a disability one of the first things that you will discover is that you have to meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability.

There are actually many different disability types and these are also broken down into adult and child categories, which means it could be a bit of a minefield trying to work out what you are entitled to before you even get to the point of making a claim for benefits.

To give you a clearer idea here is an overview of the five main types of disability as defined by the Social Security Administration.


1. If You Suffer From Some Sort Of Blood Disorder

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The first thing to note is that Social Security publish what is known as the Red Book and this document contains a general description of its disability-related policies and aims to provide guidance with regard to eligibility.

There are currently fourteen Social Security disability categories and blood disorders feature prominently.

You should find that the vast majority of hematological disorders are recognized as a qualifying condition for benefits and whether you suffer from chronic anemia, myelofibrosis, or any other blood disorder you should be able to get financial help when you need it.


2. Mental Health Problems

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It goes without saying that mental health problems are wide-ranging and can be very complex, but a good number of mental conditions that prevent you from working or leading a normal life do qualify for benefit help.

The obvious complication with regard to mental health problems is that the severity of your symptoms can vary greatly between each person.

This means that each case will most likely be judged on its own merits and if you suffer from something like PTSD or anxiety, there is a possibility that you might qualify for benefits.


3. Cancer Diagnosis

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Cancer is another major category and it should be noted that while some forms of cancer will see you automatically qualify for benefits once you have had your diagnosis confirmed.

However, some other forms of cancer only qualify once you have reached a specific stage in your cancer journey.


4. Physical Problems

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Physical problems that come under the description of musculoskeletal disorders are likely to qualify for benefits as many of the problems people experience with their spine or joints can be painful enough to prevent you from working.

The severity of your symptoms will determine whether you qualify for partial or total disability support.


5. Skin Disorders

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There is a large number of skin disorders that qualify for Social Security disability assistance and this is another situation where the severity of your condition and circumstances will be reviewed to see whether you are eligible for financial help.

Whether your skin condition is constant or you suffer intermittent flare-ups will also be a deciding factor.

The fundamental point to remember when it comes to trying to claim benefits for any condition or illness that you have is that you might need to get some professional legal help to get your case heard and receive the right amount of support you are entitled to.