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I tried applying for Social Security disability but I was denied. What is considered a disability in Texas?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a federal agency. Among other tasks, it is in charge of determining who qualifies to receive Social Security disability benefits and who does not. The majority of applicants are denied the first time.

Don’t give up, even if you have received a rejection notice. There’s hope. By understanding what the SSA considers a disability, you can have a better understanding of what you need to show when applying or appealing a decision against you.

How the SSA Decides If You Are Approved or Denied

There are three core components that the SSA needs to see to approve you for Social Security disability benefits.

  • Your disability must prevent you from working in the same job or capacity as you once did.
  • You must not be able to adjust to other forms of work, including sedentary work.
  • Your disability must be expected to last for one year or longer, or to end in your death (unless you qualify for the few conditions that receive automatic approval).

The SSA uses a listing of common disabling medical conditions to determine whether your specific condition qualifies as a disability. To do this, the SSA breaks down its list of disabilities into various parts of the body. These include:

  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Special senses and speech
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Digestive system
  • Genitourinary impairments
  • Hematological disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Mental disorders
  • Neoplastic diseases
  • Immune system disorders


For details about each of these listings and to find out if your disability qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits, visit the Social Security Administration website or call our office to speak with a Social Security disability lawyer in Texas.