If you are suffering from a disabling condition that has made it impossible
for you to work and earn a living, you may want to consider applying for
Social Security Disability benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits under the
Social Security Disability insurance program (title II of the Social Security Act).
To receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet the definition
of a “disability.” The SSA defines a disability as the inability
to engage in any meaningful work due to a physical or mental impairment,
which is expected to last at least 12 months, or result in death.
What is the Listing of Impairments?
The SSA has a Listing of Impairments – it describes for each major
body system, impairments which are severe enough to prevent a person from working.
The majority of the listed impairments are permanent conditions, which
are expected to result in death, or the listing is expected to last for
an extended duration.
For all other listings, the applicant must provide medical evidence that
shows that the impairment has lasted, or is expected to last for at least
12 consecutive months.
Part A of the Listing of Impairments applies to adults who are 18 and older,
whereas Part B of the Listing of Impairments applies to children and adolescents
who are under 18.
Adult Listing Part A
Part A of the listing of impairments applies to individuals 18 and over,
and children under the age of 18 where applicable. Here are some examples
of what is covered under Part A:
- Musculoskeletal system
- Cardiovascular system
- Special senses and speech
- Respiratory system
- Skin disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Immune system disorders
- Mental disorders
- Hematological disorders
If an applicant is able to provide medical evidence sufficient to show
the SSA that they have a condition that is covered under the Listing of
Impairments, or a condition that is equal in severity, it is usually enough
to establish that a person who is not working is disabled.
However, even if a condition is not on the Listing of Impairments that
doesn’t mean the individual doesn’t have a disability. It
means that the adjudicator will have to apply other rules to determine
if the applicant is disabled.
To find out if you have an impairment that is on the Listing of Impairments,
please contact a
Dallas Social Security Disability Lawyer from the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC. We gladly assist clients in Dallas, Ft. Worth,
Plano, McKinney and the surrounding areas!