The Social Security Administration has a listing of disabilities and impairments that automatically qualify someone for Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These include both physical and mental impairments. The list is called the blue book and the individual’s condition must meet, or is equal to, the listed criteria.
The updated blue book for 2017 lists the following conditions:
– Cardiovascular (coronary artery disease, heart failure, deep vein thrombosis)
– Mental (autism, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression)
– Immune system (Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, HIV/Aids)
– Neurological (cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis)
– Vision and hearing loss
– Asthma and COPD
– Back injuries and other musculoskeletal issues
– Digestive tract issues
– Multiple syndromes
– Kidney disease
– Hematological disorders
The SSA will equal a disability listing when your condition does not exactly match what is listed in the blue book, but a part of the condition is medically equal to a related listing or the criteria in the listing of your condition.
It is also possible to acquire disability benefits from the SSA if the condition you suffer from limits your ability to function so much that it prevents you from working, even if the condition does not meet the criteria of the listing in the blue book.
Know and understand that someone filing for disability benefits from the SSA does not have to suffer from a condition listed in the blue book in order to qualify for benefits. The condition you have must limit your ability to work a full-time job and it must be well-documented.
Just remember that the condition must be a medically determinable impairment, which is defined by the SSA as “an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities that can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques.” This means that the SSA will not approve benefits on the sole basis of symptoms.
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