When applying for Social Security disability benefits, you need to qualify as disabled under the Social Security Administration’s definition. Unfortunately, this isn’t as easy as it sounds because the SSA’s definition of disability is narrow and specific.
Your condition must, according to the SSA, significantly limit your ability not only to work but also to do basic activities such as sitting, standing, walking, or remembering information. Your condition must be expected to last a year or more or must result in your death.
Your condition must also be included in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments, also known as the “Blue Book.” Many applicants have their SSDI benefits denied because their disabilities don’t meet the specific definition of what it means to be disabled according to the SSA.
What is the SSA’s Listing of Impairments?
It’s worth saying that not meeting the specific definition of what it means to be disabled according to the SSA doesn’t mean you aren’t disabled. It only means you won’t be able to qualify for SSDI benefits.
The SSA’s Listing of Impairments is divided into two parts: the first (Part A) lists adult conditions and the second (Part B) lists children’s conditions. Both parts have categories of medical ailments involving parts of the body including:
- The Musculoskeletal System
- The Cardiovascular System
- The Digestive System
- Malignant Neoplastic Diseases (Cancer)
- Respiratory Disorders
- Genitourinary Disorders
- Hematological Disorders
- Skin Disorders
- Endocrine Disorders
- Congenital Disorders
- Neurological Disorders
- Mental Disorders
- Immune System Disorders
- Special Senses and Speech
There are medical conditions, disorders, and diseases in each of these subsections. Your condition must be on this list and you must exhibit the specific symptoms or meet the criteria that listed condition to qualify for benefits. The SSA’s Listing of Impairments involve extensive details about which symptoms you need to experience and at what frequency you need to experience them.
In the event that your condition isn’t listed in the Blue Book, you may need documented proof that your condition’s symptoms are severe enough to qualify for SSDI benefits. The severity of your symptoms must match the severity of those exhibited by patients with any of the listed conditions.
Although the success of your SSDI claim isn’t guaranteed, you can improve your chances of your claim’s success by hiring an SSD attorney to represent you during your application process. For more information about SSDI benefits and whether you may qualify, contact Ally Disability for a free consultation today.