Do I qualify for the little person disability at 4'11"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/21/2011 - 19:38

I am 4' 11" tall and i am wondering if I qualify for disability?

V. (not verified)
Tue, 03/26/2019 - 22:28 Permalink

hi, i'm just below 4' 10" at 25. i was diagnosed with DDD recently after learning i had a circumferential bulge and a broad based protrusion touching one of my nerve roots. i was also diagnosed with ptsd, anxiety and depression. sciatica too. i didn't think much of it at first since i was getting PT and medication but i'm starting to notice more and more nerve issues i think since i stopped PT due to inability to cover co-pays. my feet/hands and even my thigh and inner elbows have started to hurt more. feels like a stabbing, stinging burning pain in my toes/fingers and inner elbows feel like they were punched pretty badly at times. sometimes i feel weak in the legs and tired. my lower back aches. i've been out of work for 6 months and i worry pretty badly about being able to perform if/when i go back to work, i don't want to damage my back more. i'm a DV survivor and am trying to get therapy too. would anyone think that i would possibly qualify? thanks!


In reply to by V. (not verified)

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 14:23 Permalink

Hi V.,

Qualifying may be tough. You may medically qualify. To find out, consult the SSA's Blue Book with your doctor to see if you meet the SSA's guidelines for DDD. Check listing 1.04 (disorders of the spine). The tough part will be the technical qualifications. You will need to have obtained enough work credits (check here: to qualify for SSDI. Or you'll need less than $2,000 in assets to qualify for SSI.

just me (not verified)
Sat, 04/06/2019 - 21:14 Permalink

do i qualify as a little person because i'm only 4'9"


In reply to by just me (not verified)

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 16:07 Permalink

Hi There,

Your height alone does not qualify for disability benefits. You'll need to meet a Blue Book listing for a condition you are experiencing as well as be unable to work for at least 12 months.

ROXANN (not verified)
Sun, 04/07/2019 - 22:28 Permalink

hi I am 4foot 10 in. I have 2 bulging discs in my back bulging discs in my neck, diabetes neuropathy in both feet. degenerative discs in back and neck, fibromyalgia, depression, I cant lift my right shoulder past my nose. I have bi lateral carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve damage in both hands. right elbow, I can barley squeeze my hands. have a difficult time doing daily body maintenance. and I'm becoming incontinent sometimes I can barley walk I'm in so much pain. and I cant take any pain killers I'm allergic. on top of all that I'm a horrible speller thank god for spell check. I'm still working because I dont have a choice. I'm scared to death I'm not going to make until retirement age am I eligible for any disability

Alma (not verified)
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:49 Permalink

I'm 4'10 i suffer from diabetes,high cholesterol and nerve damage do I qualify for disability


In reply to by Alma (not verified)

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:00 Permalink

Hi Alma,

Not for your height alone, but it's possible you could be for your diabetes/nerve damage if both of those prevent you from being able to work full time.

Zachary johnson (not verified)
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 23:46 Permalink

Im 4"11 and im wondering am i disabled


In reply to by Zachary johnson (not verified)

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:54 Permalink

Hi Zachary,

Your height alone won't qualify your for disability benefits. If you have another condition that will force you to be out of work for at least 12 months, you could qualify for disability benefits then.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 04/25/2019 - 21:23 Permalink

If I am 4'9 and have depression and anxiety do I qualify?

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 04/25/2019 - 21:41 Permalink

do I qualify to get money if I am 4-11 considered a midget


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 15:11 Permalink

Hi There,

If you are simply 4'11" and have no other physical ailments that will force you to be out of work for at least 12 months, you will not qualify for SSDI benefits.

Carjack (not verified)
Sat, 05/04/2019 - 10:50 Permalink

I am 4’8. I do have asthma, IBS and migraines. Do we quality.


In reply to by Carjack (not verified)

Mon, 05/06/2019 - 16:27 Permalink


Not for your height. But if your other conditions will force you to be out of work for at least 12 months, then you could qualify for social security disability benefits.

Rhonda (not verified)
Tue, 05/07/2019 - 23:16 Permalink

I’m 4’10 1/2 I have uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure spinal stenosis gastroprosis from diabetes glaucoma
Call I get disability?


In reply to by Rhonda (not verified)

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 16:17 Permalink

Hi Rhonda,

Your height won't be a qualifying factor. The other conditions you are experiencing may qualify you. I would take a look at the SSA's Blue Book with your doctor to see if the conditions you are experiencing qualify. Good luck!

anonymous (not verified)
Mon, 05/13/2019 - 17:46 Permalink

i have struggled with bipolar my whole life & not deal with the public nor keep focus for very long & my dr has been trying to get me on my disability, so i was wondering do i qualify?


In reply to by anonymous (not verified)

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:07 Permalink

Hi There,

You'll need to see if you meet the Blue Book listing for bipolar disorder. You and your doctor should look over the Blue Book together to see if you qualify. You'll also need to either have enough work credits or have a household income below the SSA's limit.

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