What is the Social Security Administration’s “Listing of Impairments”? How Do You Know If Your Problem Qualifies You For Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a thorough Listing of Impairments, which highlights conditions deemed severe enough to prevent sufferers from remaining gainfully employed. Typically, impairments featured on this list are either permanent or expected to result in death.

Impairment Sections

The Listing of Impairments consists of two portions; Part A, which identifies adult conditions, and Part B, targeted at those under the age of 18. Criteria for Part A may be used among children if their condition has a similar impact on adults and minors.

The list is further divided into the following sections:

  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Special Senses and Speech
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Digestive System
  • Genitourinary Disorders
  • Hematological Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Mental Disorders
  • Malignant Neoplastic Diseases (Cancer)
  • Immune System Disorders

Each section consists of several specific categories. For example, the Mental Disorders section for adults includes categories for psychotic disorders, intellectual disorders, pervasive development disorders, and more.

How Long Should Impairments Last to Qualify For Benefits?

A specific duration may be indicated for certain disabilities, but typically, the SSA mandates that severe conditions result in continuous suffering for at least twelve months.

What If My Issue Is Not On the List of Impairments?

If the SSA does not list your condition, don’t panic; you may still qualify for benefits. Disabilities included in this document merely indicate that adjudicators must automatically move on to the next step in the process. More evidence may be necessary to prove that your problem warrants compensation.

The Listing of Impairments is not the be-all and end-all of Social Security disability, but it can provide excellent insight into your condition and its potential eligibility. Still not sure if you qualify for disability benefits? The experienced Social Security Disability attorneys at Smith, Wallis and Scott, LLP are happy to help.

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