If you are applying for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine whether your condition qualifies as a disability as defined by the SSA. The SSA’s Blue Book or Listing of Impairments contains several medical conditions that could qualify you for disability benefits.
Listing of Impairments
The SSA’s Blue Book contains Part A, which covers adult disabilities, and Part B, which covers childhood disabilities. Each part is divided into sections, with each section covering a different body system. Here are a few of the major adult body systems covered under Part A of the Blue Book:
- Cardiovascular system
- Digestive system
- Mental disorders
- Respiratory system
- Skin disorders
If your condition is listed in the Blue Book, you will need to determine if you meet all of the criteria listed under your condition. It is generally assumed that if you meet the criteria, your illness or injury prevents you from working for at least a year or will eventually result in your death. Therefore, you will qualify for benefits automatically.
What if my condition is not listed?
If your condition is not listed in the Blue Book, you may still be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. You will need to show that your condition is equal to one that is listed in the Book. You may also have several conditions, that when added together may reach the same level of severity as a condition listed in the Book.
Whether your condition is listed in the Blue Book or not, you may need an attorney’s assistance when going through the application process. Your attorney can make sure that your application includes the information and evidence needed to give you the best chance to qualify for SSD benefits.