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The Social Security Disability Evaluation Blue Book

The staff at O’Connor Law has a reputable team of Social Security disability attorneys. Social Security has specific eligibility requirements for disabled individuals who apply to receive benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides a disability and impairment document for applicants to view disability evaluations and learn how to receive benefits. As defined by the Social Security Administration, the Disability Evaluation Blue Book was created by physicians and other health professionals with an understanding of the disability programs administered by the SSA.

It is important to note that the Disability Evaluation Blue Book is only one part of the decision-making process to confirm or deny benefits for applicants. There can also be additional conditions that cause difficulties to a person’s ability to function. If an impairment or disablement is not listed in the Disability Evaluation Blue Book, it does not automatically mean that a claim will be denied. The SSA can still approve disability benefits depending on the application. There is a long and extensive decision-making process that enables Social Security to determine the best decision on whether to deny or approve a claim.

The Disability Evaluation Blue Book consists of two sections. One part contains listings for adults, and the other section includes listings for children. In the Disability Evaluation Blue Book, adults are considered to be at least 18 years of age and children are under the age of 18 years old. As defined by the SSA, the listings of impairments describe conditions that are considered severe and prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity, such as working. The Social Security Administration’s Disability Evaluation Blue Book can be viewed on the Social Security Administration’s website here.

Listings for Adults Part A:
  1. Musculoskeletal System
  2. Special Senses and Speech
  3. Respiratory Disorders
  4. Cardiovascular System
  5. Digestive System
  6. Genitourinary Disorders
  7. Hematological Disorders
  8. Skin Disorders
  9. Endocrine Disorders
  10. Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems
  11. Neurological Disorders
  12. Mental Disorders
  13. Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases)
  14. Immune System Disorders

The sections for adults also contain the same conditions for children. However, the children’s section contains an additional listing called Low Birth Weight and Failure to Thrive.

Listing for Children Part B:
  1. Low Birth Weight and Failure to Thrive
  2. Musculoskeletal System
  3. Special Senses and Speech
  4. Respiratory Disorders
  5. Cardiovascular System
  6. Digestive System
  7. Genitourinary Disorders
  8. Hematological Disorders
  9. Skin Disorders
  10. Endocrine Disorders
  11. Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems
  12. Neurological Disorders
  13. Mental Disorders
  14. Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases)
  15. Immune System Disorders

Children under the age of 18 are considered to be disabled if they have a medical impairment, either mental or physical, that causes difficulties in functioning and that are expected to or has lasted for at least a year, according to the Social Security Administration.

There are certain requirements that must be met in order to receive Social Security disability benefits. Applicants must have a medical impairment that interferes with their ability to work or that corresponds with the SSA’s description of the condition. If you have any questions about whether you are eligible to file for disability benefits, call our office to talk with one of our Social Security disability attorneys.

Individuals must also have worked and earned enough work credits to qualify. Social Security determines work credits on yearly wages or self-employment income. Generally, Social Security offers benefits to disabled people who were unable to work for at least a year. When the beneficiaries are able to return to work to their full ability, their Social Security Disability benefits will end.

In addition, applicants must provide important documentation that includes an applicant’s medical conditions that are verified by a medical professional. The paperwork will assist the SSA in determining whether to accept or deny a Social Security disability claim. Out team of Social Security disability attorneys are able to answer any questions that potential applicants may have when filing an application or appealing a claim. Once the SSA approves a disability claim, the approved applicant will receive a verification letter, which will serve as their verification of disability benefits.

Our Social Security disability attorneys have years of professional experience with disability claims. If you are unsure whether you can potentially receive disability benefits or are filing a disability claim, our staff would provide the necessary information that you need to know regarding your case. Contact our office today and call us at 800-518-4529(4LAW) for more information.

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