The Social Security Administration uses a number of conditions listed in the blue book to determine whether someone qualifies for SSD or SSI benefits.
These conditions include, but are not limited to, the following: back injuries, heart disease, asthma, hearing and vision loss, mental disorders, and cancer. For a full list, please visit the Social Security Administration’s website.
If You Don’t Qualify
As mentioned previously, even though your condition isn’t listed in the blue book, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t still qualify for some form of social security disability benefits.
If the Social Security Administration finds that your condition is similar in its symptoms to one on the list, then you might qualify through a process referred to as “equaling a disability listing.”
There have been plenty of instances in the past of a person having a condition that wasn’t listed in the blue book, but was so severe that the Social Security Administration had no choice but to rule in their favor.
One of the most common conditions that are awarded in this manner are migraines. Despite not being listed in the blue book, particularly severe migraines are considered strong enough to prevent a person from fully functioning and being capable of performing common work tasks.
If you think that your condition is listed in the blue book, or might be similar enough to qualify, then you should contact an attorney and have them guide you through the remaining process.
Qualifying is just the first step of a process that involves evaluations, medical history reviews, and a whole host of other issues that only an experienced attorney can help you with.