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Can I Get Disability Benefits Even if My Condition Isn’t in the Disability “Blue Book”?

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on November 7, 2012 | In Social Security Disability

The “Blue Book” is the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) list of disabling conditions that may qualify a child or an adult for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, as long as that person also meets other requirements.

The Blue Book categorizes disabling conditions according to the body part or system that is most affected by the condition. It includes both physical and mental conditions, and it covers both conditions caused by injury and conditions caused by illness.

If a person who applies for disability benefits has a condition listed in the Blue Book, the SSA will generally consider that person “disabled” without a detailed examination of their medical records or other information. However, a person with a disabling condition that is not listed in the Blue Book may still qualify for disability benefits.

If your condition is not listed in the Blue Book, the SSA will probably request a larger amount of information regarding your medical condition. Doctor’s notes, the results of any medical tests, and information about treatments you have tried and how well they work are among the types of information the SSA will request. The SSA may also ask you to have a medical examination.

Establishing that you are disabled and qualify for SSD benefits is more difficult if your condition is not listed in the Blue Book, but it’s not impossible. The diligent Social Security disability lawyers in Van Nuys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help you assemble the information you need and build a strong and accurate application. Call us today at (800) 438-7734 for a free consultation, and please visit our Attorney Fees page for more information on our legal team and our contingent fee policy.

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