What are the most common causes of disability?

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2021 | ERISA Disability Benefits

Injuries resulting in at least a temporary disability are fairly common. It does not take that much trauma to make it so that you need assistance and/or cannot work for a short time, even when you are recovering. 

On the other hand, many conditions are chronic and many disabilities are permanent. As good as modern medical science is, it cannot cure everything. You may find yourself wondering how these incidents occur and why people wind up with life-altering disabilities, so let’s take a look at some of the most common causes. 

6 major disabilities causes and conditions

Medical experts note that the following are six of the most common disabling conditions:

  • Arthritis: This is a degenerative condition that is often associated with aging and can worsen over time.
  • Back pain: This could come as a result of repetition or serious trauma, such as that caused by a fall.
  • Heart disease: Heart disease is very common and is actually the top cause of death in the United States, but it can become a disability long before it becomes fatal.
  • Cancer: The second-leading cause of death, cancer also offers complications because the treatment is so hard on the body that it can lead to disability.
  • Depression: Depression is often caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, which may or may not be treatable with medication.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes can be a hereditary condition or can be linked to obesity. Either way, it is a serious condition that must be managed and can lead to major — or fatal — complications. 

Are you dealing with any of these conditions and seeing how it impacts your life? Make sure you are well aware of the legal options you have at this time. Obtaining the benefits you are due under your disability plan can be complicated, so don’t be afraid to seek assistance if you need it.