About Social Security’s Blue BookBy Kenton Koszdin on June 8, 2018 | In Disability Insurance
The criteria used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in determining a claimant’s disability is contained in a publication known as the “Blue Book.” This text officially titled Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, establishes if an applicant for disability benefits meets the statutory standard of disability.
The Blue Book includes a list of impairments with detailed requirements for establishing disability. This listing of impairments contains the most common medical conditions that the SSA considers to be severe enough to prevent a person from working. If an applicant meets the requirements of a listing, she will automatically qualify for disability whether or not she has any ability to actually work. The presence of an impairment that is of equal severity also establishes that a person who is not working is disabled.
The Blue Book’s listing of impairments provides details about the impairments for each major body system considered severe enough to prevent an adult from performing any work or gainful activity. While many of the listed impairments are permanent or even likely to be fatal, the listing may include a specific statement of duration. For every other listing, applicants must present evidence that the impairment has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months. The criteria detailed in the Blue Book’s listing of impairments are applicable to the evaluation of both SSDI and SSI claims.
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