Common Disability ImpairmentsBy Kenton Koszdin on October 19, 2018 | In Social Security Disability
The listing of disability impairments, often referred to as “the Blue Book,” is a list of disabilities the SSA uses as a guide in determining if a claimant is eligible for benefits. Seeing your disability in the blue book does not mean you will automatically qualify for benefits. Understanding the listing process may help you better support your claim for disability.
The object of the disability impairments listing is to help the claim examiner more easily determine whether applicants qualify for benefits under the impairments for which they claim. This is done through a methodology that looks at impairments from the top down, so to speak. Disability impairments are therefore categorized according to the body system that is affected by the impairment.
For the purposes of benefits, childhood and adult disability impairments are listed separately. You can find the body system listings for childhood and adult disability impairments under Part A and Part B, respectively, via the Social Security website. The content contains a comprehensive overview of body systems, symptoms, pain, and an outline of the evaluation process.
It is also important to note that when evaluating a claim for a person under the age of 18, Part B is always used in the first instance. There are circumstances when Part A is used to evaluate the case of a person under 18. However, Part B is never used to determine disability impairments in persons who are over the age of 18.
Drilling down into a listed body system involves looking at an overview of the effects of conditions on the selected body system. For instance, the following paragraph is the overview of loss of function under the Musculoskeletal System, Part A:
“1. General. Under this section, loss of function may be due to bone or joint deformity or destruction from any cause; miscellaneous disorders of the spine with or without radiculopathy or other neurological deficits; amputation; or fractures or soft tissue injuries, including burns, requiring prolonged periods of immobility or convalescence. The provisions of 1.02 and 1.03 notwithstanding, inflammatory arthritis is evaluated under 14.09 (see 14.00D6). Impairments with neurological causes are to be evaluated under 11.00ff.”
The overview is followed by the SSI accepted definitions for loss of function and the inability to ambulate effectively. You will also find a large amount of information concerning diagnosis requirements and the evaluation process. The level of detail contained in Parts A and B is incredibly useful when making a claim for disability benefits, as it gives claimants an insight into the process and what is required of them as the person responsible for providing evidence of any disability impairments.
Translating the Technical Language
As beneficial as the information in the disability impairments listing can be for claimants, you will encounter a large amount of medical and legal terminology. The ability to interpret that information could mean the difference between making a successful claim for disability benefit and your claim being denied by the SSI.
An experienced disability attorney can help you understand how your disabilities, symptoms, and pain meet the criteria in the listing of impairments. Filing a strong claim with the SSI may also help to speed up the process and prevent you from having to send additional information to support your claim.
Call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today if you would like to take advantage of a free consultation. Our team is waiting to help you fight for the disability benefits you deserve.