What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) And What Must I Prove To Be Eligible To Receive SSDI?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is just that—disability insurance you may have paid into while you were working. You can collect SSDI if you become disabled.

galloway_ssbfThere are three things you need to prove to be eligible for SSDI, including:

  1. You are disabled, as defined by the Social Security Administration.
  2. You have earned enough work credits through paying Social Security taxes.
  3. You must have worked at least five of the last 10 years, as of the date you claim that you became disabled.

Are You Disabled And Now You Need To Collect On The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) That You May Have Paid Into For Years?

To be considered “disabled” for SSDI you must prove to Social Security that you have a severe medical or psychological condition that:

  • Prevents you from doing the work you have done in the past
  • Prevents you from performing any other jobs AND
  • Has kept you, or is expected to keep you, from working full-time for at least one year or result in death.

What Types Of Medical Or Psychological Conditions Does SSA Consider For SSDI?

There are 14 basic medical and psychological categories of disabling impairments, including:


  • Muscularskeletal System
  • Special Senses And Speech
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Digestive System
  • Genitourinary Impairments:
  • Hematological Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Endocrine System
  • Congenital Disorders
  • Neurological
  • Mental Disorders
  • Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
  • Immune System Disorders


  • joints, spinal cord disorders and injuries
  • blindness, hearing, etc.
  • C.O.P.D., asthma, emphysema
  • heart disease, CHF, PVD, IHD, hypertension
  • hepatitis C, IBD
  • renal diseases, diabetic nephropathy
  • sickle cell disease, hemophilia
  • ichthyosis, genetic photosensitivity disorder
  • Thyroid disorders, diabetes mellitus
  • Down Syndrome
  • multiple sclerosis, TBI, ALS
  • depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD
  • cancer, lymphoma, leukemia, brain tumors
  • lupus, HIV, RA, fibromyalgia

Are you ready to apply or need help with your existing claim? Our team will help you every step of the way to your hearing before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge and beyond. We will assist you in gathering all the evidence available to help support your claim that your medical or psychological conditions prevent you from performing both your past work on a full-time basis as well as any other jobs. We will attend the disability hearing with you and present your case to the judge for you. Contact our team today and allow us to help you apply for disability or appeal your denial.