Most Approved Disability for Social Security Benefits

Christian Worstell
In this article...
  • Learn what the most-approved disability for Social Security benefits is and how to apply, appeal and maximize your benefits if you qualify.

In this guide, we will explore how the Social Security Administration plays a crucial role in providing disability benefits to eligible individuals. We'll discuss what qualifies as a disability under their guidelines and how to apply for benefits.

Table of Contents:


Commonly Approved Disabilities

The SSA tends to grant disability benefits more frequently for certain conditions than others. The most commonly approved disabilities include:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders – This includes arthritis and degenerative disc disease, can have a debilitating impact on muscles and bones.

  • Cancer – Any type of cancer can be approved for disability benefits if it is severe enough to interfere with daily activities or employment.

  • Cardiovascular System Disorders – This includes any heart-related condition that significantly limits a person’s ability to work, such as coronary artery disease or congestive heart failure.

  • Sensory and Speech Impairments – Conditions like blindness, deafness, and speech impairments may qualify for disability benefits if they cause significant limitations in daily life activities or employment opportunities.

  • Respiratory System Diseases – Asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung diseases, pulmonary hypertension etc., can be considered by SSA while evaluating your application for social security disability insurance.

  • Digestive System Diseases – Chronic liver diseases, Crohn's Disease / Ulcerative Colitis etc., also fall under this category when applying for social security benefit programs.

  • Immune System Disorder – Lupus, HIV/AIDS & Multiple sclerosis (MS) are some of the immune system related ailments which can make you eligible for SSDI payments if diagnosed correctly by an authorized medical practitioner.

  • Kidney Disease / Dialysis Patients – End Stage Renal Failure patients undergoing dialysis treatments too could become eligible to receive SSDI payments based upon their individual circumstances at hand.

Common disabilities can be a difficult subject to navigate, but understanding which ones are most likely to be approved for benefits can help you prepare your application.

What disabilities are hard to prove?

In some cases, such as with mental health disabilities or chronic pain conditions, proving the severity and extent of symptoms can also be challenging.

Proving certain disabilities can be difficult, as there is often no definitive test or medical evidence to support a claim.

Examples of these include mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, chronic pain disorders, learning disabilities and developmental delays.

To be eligible for ADA benefits, claimants must present evidence from a qualified medical provider that their disability significantly restricts one or more essential activities of daily living and show they can still perform the required job duties with reasonable accommodation if needed.

Claimants must illustrate their capacity to execute the job's necessary functions with suitable adjustment if needed.

Maximizing Your Benefits

To maximize your disability benefits, it is essential to be knowledgeable of the system and have all necessary paperwork organized.

  • Identify the type of disability you have in order to decide which program, such as SSDI or SSI, best suits your needs.

  • Apply for benefits as soon as possible after diagnosis or injury. Start the process early to ensure you get full coverage when it's approved.

    Processing and approval of applications can take several months. Accurately furnish your application with medical reports backing up the claim and any other essential documents that SSA may necessitate.

  • Once an application has been submitted, stay informed about its progress by regularly checking in with SSA staff members assigned to your case. If there are delays or if more information is needed from you during processing time then this should be addressed promptly so that no additional delays occur in approving your claim.

  • Consider hiring an attorney who specializes in social security law if necessary. They can often expedite approvals due to their expertise in navigating these complex systems successfully.

Finally, understand the appeals process should initial applications be denied. This could involve submitting additional paperwork such as updated medical records or going through a hearing before an administrative judge depending on circumstances surrounding each individual case.


Having a better understanding of the most approved disabilities and how to apply for disability benefits can help ensure that you maximize your potential benefit.

Bear in mind that each situation is one-of-a-kind, so it's prudent to seek advice from an adept specialist who comprehends the subtleties of the system in order to obtain all required data concerning what ailments are usually approved for disability advantages.

Christian Worstell
About the Author

Christian Worstell is a senior Medicare and health insurance writer with He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.

Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.

While at HelpAdvisor, Christian has written hundreds of articles that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.

Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.

A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. You can find Christian’s most recent articles in our blog.

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