Social Security publishes research and statistics (https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/) on its website that shows disability benefits were paid to over 10 million people last year.  The average age for the disabled-worker beneficiary profile was 55.  The largest category of diagnoses was diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (33.6%).  The Average monthly benefit received was $1,257.65.  To get up-to-date statistics, you can also email statistics@ssa.gov.

Some conditions which may qualify for Adult Listings (Part A) are located on SSA’s website at:  https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/AdultListings.htm.  They are for adults over 18 and can be for children if similar effects in adults and younger children.  The impairments need to be considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity or marked and severe functional limitations.  Most of the impairments fall under the category of being permanent or expected to result in death.  At a minimum, the medical records must show that the impairment has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 consecutive months.

The Listing of Impairments include the following:

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Special Senses and Speech

Respiratory Disorders

Cardiovascular System

Digestive System

Genitourinary Disorders

Hematological Disorders

Skin Disorders

Endocrine Disorders

Congenital Disorders that affect Multiple Body Systems

Neurological Disorders

Mental Disorders

Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases)

Immune System Disorders

For each condition, there are specific requirements listed by SSA and your Social Security Disability Attorney can interpret those criteria and apply them to win your case.  As mentioned, these are specific conditions – if severe enough – can be considered to automatically grant benefits.  Just because you may not fall under one of these categories does not specifically mean that you are not also eligible to receive benefits.  We always recommend having a conversation with your doctors and your disability lawyers to fully understand your medical conditions as applied to the Social Security Disability criteria.  (Please note:  these statistics were from 2021 and may change over time)