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SSD Blue Book List of Impairments

Do you have an injury, sickness, or other medical condition that keeps you from working on a full-time basis in Arizona? If so, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits through an SSDI claim or an SSI claim. To receive Social Security disability benefits, you will be required to prove that your medical condition meets the SSA’s standards to qualify as a disability. 

The “Blue Book”—or as it is officially known the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security—is an official list of impairments that qualify for disability benefits. In this blog post, our Arizona Social Security disability lawyers explain the most important things to know about the SSA’s ‘Blue Book’ for listed impairments. 

What is the Blue Book (Disability Evaluation Under Social Security)?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) ‘Blue Book’ is an official list of medical impairments that can qualify for disability benefits through an SSDI claim or an SSI claim. Notably, the ‘Blue Book’ also includes some guidance for examiners to help determine if a specific applicant’s condition qualifies as “disabling” under federal law. The Social Security ‘Blue Book’ is broken down into two sections: 

  • Part A: This section of the ‘Blue Book’ is for adult disability assessments. 
  • Part B: This section of the ‘Blue Book’ is for child disability assessments. 

The Categories of Listed Impairments

Within Part A of the SSA’s ‘Blue Book’ are 14 different categories of listed impairments for adults. An applicant for Social Security disability benefits may be able to make a claim based on any of the following categories: 

  • 1.00 – Musculoskeletal System: Back problems, spinal issues, muscle problems, osteoarthritis, and soft tissue injuries. 
  • 2.00 – Special Senses and Speech: Hearing, speech, and vision problems. 
  • 3.00 – Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other breathing issues. 
  • 4.00 – Cardiovascular System: A wide range of different heart problems. 
  • 5.00 – Digestive System: Many different gastrointestinal issues, including chronic liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease. 
  • 6.00 – Genitourinary Disorders: Kidney disease, bladder problems, and other unitary issues. 
  • 7.00 – Hematological Disorders: Medical issues related to the blood system. 
  • 8.00 – Skin Disorders: Burn injuries, skin infections, and other similar matters. 
  • 9.00 – Endocrine Disorders: Glandular disorders, including diabetes. 
  • 10.00 – Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems: Complex, multi-body system medical issues, including down syndrome. 
  • 11.00 – Neurological Disorders: A wide array of neurological issues, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
  • 12.00 – Mental Disorders: Certain mental health conditions can qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits. 
  • 13.00 – Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases): All body system cancers can potentially qualify for Social Security disability benefits. 
  • 14.00 – Immune System Disorders: Lupus, HIV/aids, and other immune system medical issues. 

Medical Evidence is Key to a Social Security Disability Claim

As noted previously, the ‘Blue Book’ contains a list of impairments that can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The ‘Blue Book’ also instructs claims examiners as to what medical evidence to look for to support a claim for each type of listed condition. In order to successfully recover SSDI benefits or SSI benefits in Arizona, it is imperative that you present a strong, well-supported application. Comprehensive medical documentation is needed to support the existence and debilitating nature of your listed condition.

You May Be Eligible for SSD Benefits for an Unlisted Impairment

Generally speaking, it is easier to qualify for Social Security disability benefits if your condition is listed in the ‘Blue Book.’ That being said, you are not necessarily out of luck if your condition is noted officially listed by the agency. Under federal regulations, you may be eligible to recover SSDI benefits or SSI benefits by “equaling” a listed condition. In effect, this means that you must prove your unlisted medical impairment is effectively as disabling as a condition listed by the agency. If you have any questions or concerns about obtaining SSD benefits through equaling a listed impairment, an experienced Arizona Social Security disability lawyer can help. 

Get Help From our Arizona SSDI & SSI Attorneys Today

At Pekas Smith: Arizona Disability Attorneys, we are focused on helping people and families secure the full and rightful Social Security disability that they deserve. If you have any specific questions about the SSD Blue Book, our attorneys are available to help. Call us now or connect with us online to arrange your free case evaluation. With a legal office in Phoenix, we provide Social Security disability representation throughout Arizona, including in Scottsdale, Payson, Tempe, Flagstaff, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Peoria, and Surprise.

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