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What You Need to Know About the SSDI Blue Book and Your Disability Application

If you can’t work due to a disabling condition that’s permanent, expected to last 12 months or longer, or fatal, you may qualify for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict criteria for what’s considered disabling and the application process is more difficult than most people anticipate. Without the help of an experienced Social Security disability attorney, it’s all too easy to make an error that could result in the denial of your claim.

One of the most common errors applicants make is failing to provide sufficient evidence to show that their medical condition is truly disabling and prevents them from working. An understanding of the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security is key. Also known as the Social Security Blue Book, this document includes a list of disabling impairments divided into the following categories:

  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Special senses and speech
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Digestive system
  • Genitourinary disorders
  • Hematological disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Congenital disorders affecting multiple body systems
  • Neurological disorders
  • Mental disorders
  • Cancer (malignant neoplastic disease)
  • Immune system disorders

In addition to listing disabling conditions, the Blue Book also includes information about the medical records and diagnostic tests that can be helpful in strengthening your application for disability benefits.

Though having a condition listed in the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security can improve your chances of having your application make it past the initial stage, it isn’t enough to ensure you’ll be approved for benefits. You need the help of an experienced and accomplished attorney to help you navigate the SSDI application process, and serve as a compassionate, yet fierce, advocate for your best interests.

Do you have a disabling condition that isn’t listed in the SSA Blue Book? Not to worry, that doesn’t mean you won’t qualify for benefits. An attorney can help you gather the evidence necessary to prove that your health issues are just as disabling as those in the official listing.

Let Us Handle Your SSDI Claim From Start to Finish

At O’Connor Law, our adept Social Security disability attorneys can help you fight for the benefits you deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.


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