SSA’s Blue Book in 2021

The Social Security Administration’s listing of disabling conditions that can qualify disability benefits is known as the Blue Book. Formally, the Blue Book is titled “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security”. In the Blue Book are lists with the qualifying criteria for conditions that claimants applying for disability benefits may be experiencing. To find out if you qualify, consult the Blue Book listing for the condition you are experiencing.


What is in the Blue Book?

The Blue Book is broken into two sections, Adult Listings (Part A) and Childhood Listings (Part B). Each has listings with different impairments, or disabling conditions. Each condition listed explains an overview of the impairment, what symptoms or diagnosis qualify, as well what evidence, test results and documentation that is needed to qualify. The conditions that are laid out in the Blue Book are eligible for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplement Security Income (SSI).

In both the Adult Listings and the Childhood Listings, the conditions are divided into groups based on the major body systems. These include the Musculoskeletal System, Special Senses and Speech, Respiratory Disorders, Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, Genitourinary Disorders, Hematological Disorders, Skin Disorders, Endocrine Disorders, Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems, Neurological Disorders, Mental Disorders, Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Disease), and Immune System. You can qualify for more than one listing in the Blue Book.

The Blue Book is available online and is regularly updated. There, you can also find general information on applying for disability benefits as well as evidentiary requirements and even a video series on the disability claims process. The general information section gives an overview of the application process as well as answers some questions on the different program. The evidentiary requirements explains different medical evidence required by the SSA. The video series also explains the application process in a series of videos.

How to Use the Blue Book for Your Claim

The Blue Book can help you establish if you medically qualify for disability benefits. To be sure you meet the guidelines for the condition you are experiencing, it is best to review the listing with your doctor. The Blue Book was written for medical and disability professionals, so some listings are complex. Some listings require specific results from tests and examinations, which your doctor will be able to assist you with. By review the listing with your doctor, you can ensure you will have enough medical evidence to qualify. But, even if you medically qualify, you will still need to meet the technical qualifications.

Getting Help From a Lawyer With the Blue Book

Due to the complexity of the Blue Book, you should review the listings with a medical professional or a disability attorney. Experienced lawyers can help you understand the listing’s terms and medical jargon.

Because they have handled Social Security disability cases before, they will be well versed in what medical evidence and documentation will be needed to support your claim. To consult with a Social Security disability attorney, complete the Free Case Evaluation above!

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