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SSD & the Listing of Impairments

When people apply for disability, “approval for benefits” is based on a few factors. One, the person’s medical condition must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability. Second, the individual must have worked long enough and paid into the Social Security program. Or, the person worked long enough into the program and their disability qualifies under the SSA’s Listing of Impairments.

According to the SSA, “The Listing of Impairments describes, for each major body system, impairments considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity.” In reference to minor children who apply for SSI, the condition must be “severe enough to cause marked and severe functional limitations,” according to the SSA.

The Listing of Impairments is divided into Part A and Part B. Part A is for adults age 18 and over; Part B is for children under the age of 18. For the purpose of this post, we’re interested in the Adult Listings (Part A).

Most of the impairments listed under Part A are permanent or they are expected to be fatal, or they are expected to last for a specific period of time. For all other medical conditions (not on the Listing of Impairments) to meet the SSA’s definition of a disability, they must last for at least 12 consecutive months.

The Listing of Impairments address impairments that affect each major body system including:

  • Cancer
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Hematological disorders
  • Congenital disorders
  • Special senses and speech
  • Digestive system
  • Skin disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Immune system disorders

In addition to the above, the Listing of Impairments includes respiratory disorders, genitourinary disorders, endocrine disorders, and mental disorders. Overall, the Listing of Impairments describes impairments that the SSA considers to be so severe, the individual is unable to work.

Do you have a condition that is on the Listing of Impairments? To find out, contact our firm for assistance. Our Dallas SSD attorney is here to answer your questions and streamline the application process for you. To get started, contact us today.