Is there a Social Security Disability list of impairments, that is, a list of illnesses and injuries, that Social Security considers disabling?
Learn about the Social Security Disability List of Impairments that lists illnesses, symptoms and signs that Social Security considers disabling.
The Social Security Disability List of Impairments
Social Security has a list of illnesses and injuries that are considered disabling but only if they are accompanied by certain symptoms, clinical findings, or test results. Having a certain diagnosis is not enough for your claim to be automatically approved; but if you have one of the conditions in the Social Security List of Impairments and you also have the symptoms and signs that are listed, then your condition will be considered disabling, without further investigation. Similarly, if your diagnosis is not listed, but you have a condition with symptoms and findings comparable to one of the listed conditions, your claim will be approved. You will find the Social Security Admininstration’s List of Impairments here: Adult Listings and Childhood Listings
Qualifying for Disability When Your Illness is Not on the List
If the condition for which you are claiming disability is not one of those in the listings or is not accompanied by the required signs or test results, you could still qualify for benefits. If you do not meet the Listing, your claim will be evaluated to determine whether you can do occupations you have done in the past and, if you are under age fifty, whether you can perform a new occupation. For more information about how the Social Security Disability List of Impairments fits into the disability evaluation as a whole, please see our article How Does the Social Security Administration Apply Social Security Disability Laws to Determine If I Am Disabled?
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- Social Security Disability Benefits for Cancer
- Can I Get Social Security Disability for Depression and Anxiety?
- Disability Benefits for Diabetes Patients
- Social Security Disability Benefits for Heart Disease
How Social Security Decides Whether You Are Disabled
The 5 Step Disability Evaluation Under Social Security
Reasons First Time Applicants are Denied Social Security Benefits
How does the Social Security Administration apply Social Security Disability Laws to determine if I am disabled?
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