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Step 3: Medical Listing Of Impairments

As we continue through the five-step process regarding the criteria relating to determining if your are disabled under the Social Security Act, we will examine Step 3. This step asks whether the medical condition that the candidate suffers from is included in the Listing of Impairments?
The Listing of Impairments is a list contained with 20 C.F.R Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 that describes certain impairments for each body system. These impairments are considered severe enough to prevent the person from "engaging in substantial gainful activity." Thus, medical evidence alone might be sufficient to establish that a person is disabled if one of two elements are met.
First, if the evidence demonstrates that you have an impairment described in Part A of the Listing of Impairments this is called "meeting a listing." It is important to note that have a diagnosis with the same name is not the test--that is, the claimant must have the same symptoms, clinical signs, and laboratory findings. If the impairment is the same in name and severity, then the claimant will be considered disabled.
Secondly, if the condition of the claimant is not on the list then the ALJ will determine if the severity of the condition is on the list. If the severity is the same then the claimant will be considered disabled.
The conditions are categorized according to the various body systems, arranged within the numbering system below:
1.00 Musculoskeletal System
2.00 Special Senses and Speech
3.00 Respiratory System
4.00 Cardiovascular System
5.00 Digestive System
6.00 Genitourinary System
7.00 Hematological Disorders
8.00 Skin Disorders
9.00 Endocrine System
10.00 Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
11.00 Neurological
13.00 Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
14.00 Immune System Disorders
If you establish that you have in a disability under either of these two steps then the claimant will be considered disabled regardless of age, education, or work experience. If you are unable to establish a disability under this prong, then the evaluation will continue to Step 4.
It is important that you protect your chances to receive Social Security Disability Benefits. Contact a Dallas Social Security Disability Attorney today.