Social Security Disability benefits give qualified recipients an important income source that can assist them when they can no longer work due to their disabling condition. An important step in qualifying for disability benefits involves meeting the Social Security Administration's listing of disability benefits called the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, also known as the â€œBlue Bookâ€ of impairment listings.
This list includes criteria that disabled applicants must meet in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The online version is updated on a regular basis and is most accurate. The print version was republished in the fall of 2008 and does not reflect newer changes.
In most cases, the conditions listed in the SSA's Blue Book automatically meet the administration's strict definition of disability. For this reason, individuals suffering from one of these conditions should be able to receive benefits.
Blue Book Categories
The Blue Book is split into childhood and adult disabilities, or impairments, and includes requirements, basic information and an impairment listing overview.
These listings that may qualify individuals for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
Readers of the Blue Book are assumed to be medical professionals like doctors, and the provided information is designed to help them understand more specifically what qualifications must be met to prove an individual is â€˜totally disabled.' It is technical in nature.
More detailed information about SSDI and SSI programs are included as well, along with how determinations are made regarding each program.
If you need to file for disability benefits, the process can seem overwhelming and confusing. By hiring an advocate, such as a disability attorney, you can ensure you have the appropriate medical documentation to support your claim. Our attorneys will be by your side throughout the entire process.
Contact a Social Security Disability lawyer at Dayes Law Firm PC today for a free consultation. Not only will our firm guide you through the eligibility process, but we will also walk you through the appeals process if your claim is rejected.