Thursday, January 03, 2008



Social Security Disability List of Impairments

I've referred many time on this blog to the Social Security Disability List of Impairments, otherwise known as the blue book. What is this list? In actuality, it is a book published by the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability and it is titled "Disability Evaluation under Social Security" (yes, the book is blue).

The List of Impairments is primarily intended for use by adjudicators, individuals who make decisions on disability claims and are otherwise involved in the adjudication process, including disability examiners (examiners render decisions on initial claims and reconsiderations), administrative law judges (ALJs render decisions on cases heard at disability hearings), state disability agency unit supervisors (the supervisors of examiners), and state disability agency consultants (the medical doctors who work with examiners to render decisions on claims).

The book itself is divided into multiple sections. However, the sections of primary interest to claimants and adjudicators are those that contain listings. Listings are essentially physical and mental conditions for which specific disability approval criteria has been set forth or listed.

Which conditions are listed? Listed conditions are included by category and those categories are musculoskeletal, special senses, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, genito-urinary, hemic-lymphatic, skin, endocrine, multiple body, neurological, neoplastic, and immune.

A number of conditions are included in the social security disability list of impairments (including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc). However, what may be surprising to many is the fact that most medical conditions are not listed (lyme disease and carpal tunnel syndrome, for example). And even some conditions that are included are not given an independent and separate listing of their own. Bipolar Disorder is merely included as a sub-category of listing 12.04, Affective Disorders.

Can you be approved for social security disability or SSI if your particular condition is not listed in the social security disability list of impairments? Yes, by receiving what the majority of approved applicants receive: a medical vocational allowance.

To read more on this type of disability approval, continue to this page:

Medical Vocational Allowance

And for yet more information, you may wish to view the following:

Qualifying for Disability - How difficult are the Qualifications ?

Is social security disability and SSI harder for a woman to get ?



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