Social Security Medical Listing of Impairments

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Categories of Social Security's list of impairments

Below is the Social Security medical listings categories.  You will find individual medical conditions listed in them.  An important thing to note is that just because your condition has the same name as one on the list does not mean Social Security will find that you meet a listing and find you disabled.  In order to meet a listing, you must meet all of the requirements of that listing.  Keep your eyes open for words like "and", "or", and statements that you must have at least so many of this or that.  The listings can be tricky and you may think you meet one of them but you might not.  You can also equal a listing and be found disabled.  This can be even trickier.  To equal a listing Social Security will decide if you don't meet the exact criteria for a given medical listing whether or not your condition(s) cause you to be just as disabled as an individual who does.  This is not the exact test but gives you an idea of how it works.  It usually requires a doctor to say that you equal a listing.  If one is to meet or equal a listed impairment, it requires a great deal of medical evidence proving this.
You must also know how the medical listing of impairments fits in to how SSA determines if you are disabled.  The evaluation of whether or not you meet or equal a listed impairment comes at the third step in the determining process.  So if you are still eligible after the first two steps and SSA determines you meet or equal a listed impairment then the determination stops there and you win your case.  If you are found not to meet or equal one of the listed impairments then you go on to the fourth step of the determination process.  To see all 5 steps see my page on the navigation bar to the left called "am I disabled". 

So, if you think you may meet one of the Social Security listings make sure you have all the medical evidence that the listing requires and an opinion from your doctor explaining you do and which one.  From my experience, most people who have a condition that clearly meets the listing, will be found disabled at application but only if all the medical records that support that finding are in to Social Security.  
Social Security separates impairments into 14 categories.  To view a particular condition click on the category you think that medical condition would be in.  Then scroll down until you find your particular impairment. 


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I have already mentioned this but it is worth repeating that your medical condition does not have to be listed above in one of the categories for you to be found disabled.  You must learn the Social Security Administration's five step process that determines disability to know when and how this list of disabilities comes into play in an SSD or SSI case (This is step 3).  In other words, this is not a full list of disabling impairments.  In fact, you can be found disabled for almost any medical condition that causes severe functional limitations.  In some cases, a medical condition or combination of medical conditions that is not listed above can still be found to equal one of the listed impairments.  This may happen if a doctor explains that your medical condition is similar to a listed impairment and that you are just as limited as someone who meets the listing for that other condition.  This is rare, but can happen if explained in detail by a doctor as to why your condition equals a listing and which one.  Even if SSA determines you do not meet or equal a listed impairment this does not mean you lost your claim, you simply go on to the next step in the determination process.  Keep in mind I do my best to keep these up to date and accurate but these listings change and you should always check the SSA website for possible updates to the listed impairments.  I should also mention the SSA medical listing of impairments is also called the Blue Book.

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