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What Diseases Qualify for SSDI or SSI?

Spinal Injuries

Back and spinal cord injuries make even office work almost unbearable to endure. What may seem like a minor inconvenience one day may turn into an incapacitating injury the next.

Mental Disorders

Mental disorders and health issues can make going to work nearly impossible. You may be eligible to collect Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if you suffer from a disabling mental illness.

Chronic Pain

If you are suffering from an injury or illness that causes you such pain that you are unable to work, you may have a claim for Social Security disability benefits.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an extremely painful and debilitating condition that can make everyday tasks nearly impossible to perform.


Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a serious condition that involves significant pain and near constant fatigue.

Hepatitis C

Severe cases of Hepatitis C can result in liver disease and can cause a variety of potentially debilitating symptoms that makes performing everyday tasks and work functions extremely difficult.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

While most commonly associated with military personnel, post-traumatic stress disorder can impact people from all walks of life as a result of many different kinds of experiences.


Chronic headache sufferers are dealing with a condition that can be debilitating to the point of an inability to function. When headaches are severe enough that you are unable to work, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) sufferers are physically and mentally exhausted the majority of the time. Other symptoms can include memory and concentration problems, joint and muscle pain, sore throat and pain in the lymph nodes.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord. In many cases, the effects of multiple sclerosis make it nearly impossible for victims to perform even the most basic tasks.


Lupus is a condition that is referred to as an autoimmune disease which causes your immune system to attack healthy tissues rather than damaged ones. There are times when the symptoms of lupus can be so debilitating that the victim is not able to work.


Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, or knows someone who has, understands what an aggressive and debilitating disease it can be.

Depression & Bipolar Disorder

The feelings of hopelessness or pessimism that come with depression or the dramatic mood swings in people suffering from bipolar disorder can make it nearly impossible to stay focused long enough to complete even the most basic daily tasks.

Lung Disease

From asthma to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung disease has the potential to leave its victims unable to function normally or perform basic job related tasks.

Coronary Disease

People dealing with coronary conditions like congestive heart failure and artery diseases can have a very hard time accomplishing even the most basic tasks on a daily basis.


Diabetes is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans. The condition can lead to serious nerve damage, vision problems and kidney failure that can make it nearly impossible to function normally.

Skilled Nashville Social Security Disability Lawyers Help You Secure Benefits

A comprehensive Social Security disability claim & eligibility law firm

If you are having trouble working your way through the Social Security system or have been denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, don't feel that you have no other options. The Social Security system is extremely complex and can be overwhelming when you don't know how the process works. At the Whitesell Law Offices, we understand how upsetting it is to be denied benefits when you have spent your whole career paying to ensure their availability. We dedicate our entire practice to Social Security law, and we are experienced at handling cases from initial applications through the appeals process.

Many people wrongly assume that the first rejection of their Social Security Disability claim is the final word on the matter, but that’s not the case. An experienced lawyer who knows your rights and can protect them ensures you receive the benefits you’re entitled to.

Personal attention for clients throughout Kentucky and Tennessee

Our founding attorney, John Whitesell, has been practicing law for more than 20 years. From our offices in Nashville and Fulton, he provides quality legal solutions designed specifically to address the unique challenges of your situation. Among Nashville Social Security Disability attorneys, Mr. Whitesell is known for helping clients understand every issue involved in their cases and what to expect throughout the process.

Mr. Whitesell is supported by a talented and experienced team on every case he represents — as a result, our clients appreciate the personalized attention they receive from everyone at our firm. And if there is ever an urgent matter and Mr. Whitesell is not available, you will have immediate access to a case manager with complete knowledge of your case who can help you.

Sound representation for all issues related to Social Security

When you work with us, we help you with the following areas of SSI and SSDI. All of these more specific practice areas can be accessed from our navigation menu above:

  • Initial applications
  • Initial denial and reconsideration
  • Common reasons for a denial
  • Accepted medical conditions
  • SSI
  • SSDI for disabled children
  • SSDI for widows/widowers
  • Over-50 disability claims
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • What benefits are available?
  • What is a disability?
  • Should you work?

We also answer any question you may have, such as what constitutes disability, what benefits are available to you, and whether you can work while receiving benefits.

Speak with an experienced Nashville disability attorney

Contact our office today to discuss your Social Security disability case. We are available during regular business hours and by appointment evenings and weekends. You can reach us by phone at 615-208-5847 or online to set up a free consultation. We take every case on a contingency basis, which means that you won’t pay anything unless we secure benefits for you.

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Whitesell Law Offices
2000 Glen Echo Road, Suite 211
Nashville, Tennessee, 37215 USA