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Social Security's Listing of Impairments

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!