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The Blue Book’s Medical Criteria And The Listings Of Impairments

By Kenton Koszdin on June 11, 2018 | In Disability Insurance

The Blue Book’s Medical Criteria And The Listings Of Impairments

A recent blog briefly discussed the Blue Book, which contains the criteria used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in determining a claimant’s disability. The Blue Book determines if an applicant for disability benefits meets the statutory standard of disability. It also contains listings of impairments and the medical criteria necessary to establish them.

The listings are divided into two parts for medical criteria: Part A contains medical criteria that apply to the evaluation of impairments in adults age 18 and over. As certain criteria in Part A may not give proper consideration to the effects of the disease processes in childhood, Part B of the listing of impairments contains additional medical criteria that apply only to the evaluation of impairments of persons in children under age 18.

The criteria detailed in the listings of impairments apply only to one step of the multi-step sequential evaluation process. If no listing-level impairment exists, this is not conclusive that the individual is not disabled. Instead, the adjudication of a claim moves to the next step of the sequential evaluation process applying applicable rules to further consider and resolve whether an individual has a qualifying disability.

Each applicant who files a disability claim is responsible for providing medical evidence demonstrating the presence of an impairment and the severity of the impairment. A disability attorney with the expertise of Kenton Koszdin may increase the likelihood of benefit approval for any applicant whose condition does not meet a listing. The assistance of an experienced attorney like Kenton Koszdin is invaluable at each stage of the multi-step evaluation process.

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