Recent census data shows that more than 42.5 million people in the United States have some type of disability. Injuries from accidents are one of the most common types of disabilities in the United States.  

If you develop a disability because of an accident, you could be entitled to damages to cover your losses and expenses. To help ensure you get the compensation you need, here’s a look at ten common types of disabilities in the United States. 

1. Musculoskeletal System & Connective Tissue Disorders

Musculoskeletal system disorders are the most common type of disability in the United States. The musculoskeletal system includes bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, and ligaments. 

Common types of musculoskeletal disorders are:  

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ruptured discs

These disabilities impact mobility and can interfere with sitting, walking, and standing. 

2. Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are a type of mental health issue. Mood disorders are a broad category and include all bipolar and depression disorders. 

Common symptoms of mood disorders are 

  • Irritability 
  • Sadness 
  • A feeling of emptiness 
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Sleep disruptions 
  • Feelings of hopelessness 

Mood disorders can interfere with work, personal relationships, and quality of life

3. Nervous System Disorders

Nervous system disorders affect the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs, and nerves.

Common examples of nervous system disorders are: 

This category of disability can interfere with daily life and often requires ongoing medical treatment and care. 

4. Circulatory System Disorders

The circulatory system, often known as the cardiovascular system, includes arteries and veins that carry blood to and from the heart. 

Common types of circulatory system disorders are: 

  • Stroke 
  • Heart attack 
  • High cholesterol 
  • High blood pressure

The symptoms of circulatory system diseases can vary widely and range from mild to life-threatening. 

5. Psychotic Disorders

Hallucinations, delusions, and catatonic behavior are common symptoms of psychotic disorders. 

The most common types of psychotic disorders are 

  • Schizophrenia 
  • Delusional disorder 
  • Schizoaffective disorder 

Psychotic disorders affect the mind and make it hard to communicate, think clearly, and make good decisions.

6. Intellectual Disabilities 

An intellectual disability causes limitations in reasoning, learning, and problem-solving. As a result, individuals with intellectual disabilities often struggle to communicate, learn, and retain information. 

Common examples of intellectual disabilities are Down Syndrome, developmental delays, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Intellectual disabilities can make working, daily activities, and personal relationships hard. 

7. Injuries

A significant portion of disabilities in the United States are the result of injury. Neck injuries, back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries are some of the most common types that lead to disabilities. 

Individuals who fall into this category often cannot work the same amount of time or the same type of job that they worked before their injury. Some people are unable to work at all. 

8. Organic Mental Disorders

Organic mental disorders, sometimes called Chronic Organic Brain Syndrome, involve a decline in brain function. These disorders can be temporary or permanent and can cause severe behavioral and psychological problems. 

Injuries, diseases, or defects can cause organic mental disorders. 

Symptoms include: 

  • Memory loss 
  • Confusion 
  • Loss of brain function 

Common types of organic mental disorders are amnesia, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. 

9. Neoplasms 

A neoplasm is an abnormal growth – for example, a lump or tumor. They can be benign, cancerous, or precancerous. This type of disability can range from mild to life-threatening. 

10. Mental Health Disorders

This is a broad category of disabilities that includes all mental health disorders that aren’t mood disorders or psychotic disorders. Mental health disorders can be triggered by traumatic events like a car accident and exacerbated by other medical issues. 

Examples of mental health disorders are: 

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder 
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Eating disorders

A Texas Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help With Your Disability Claim

If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact a Texas personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. If you’re disabled because of your injury, you could be entitled to damages to cover current and future expenses. 

Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm in Texas

If you’ve been injured in an accident in Fort Worth or Dallas and need legal help, contact our personal injury lawyers at Anderson Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve Tarrant County, Dallas County, and throughout Texas.

Anderson Injury Lawyers – Fort Worth Office
1310 W El Paso St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 294-1900

Anderson Injury Lawyers – Fort Worth Office (Secondary)
6618 Fossil Bluff Dr # 108, Fort Worth, TX 76137
(817) 631-4113

Anderson Injury Lawyers – Dallas Office
408 W Eighth St Suite 202, Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 327-8000

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6301 Gaston Ave suite 610, Dallas, TX 75214
(469) 457-4711