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The Listing of Impairments: what disability claimants should know

People in Kissimmee who are suffering from an illness, injury or condition and believe that they meet the medical requirements for Social Security disability should take the time to understand the Listing of Impairments. The listings are a key to whether or not a claimant will be approved for SSD benefits, and thus an applicant should have an understanding of the basic ideas of this list.

In the Listing of Impairments, there is a description of all the impairments that the Social Security Administration will deem sufficient to stop a person from being able to perform any gainful activity. For children under 18 who are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the impairment needs to be of sufficient severity that they will have marked and severe functional limitations. The impairments on the listings are generally expected to lead to the claimant's death or have a specific duration. With other listings, there must be evidence that proves the impairment has been in place or will last for a minimum of 12 months.

There is a Part A and Part B on the listings. Part A has the medical requirements that will be used to conduct an evaluation of the issue for people who are 18 and older. This can also be used for people under the age of 18 if the medical issue has similar effects on both adults and children. Part B has other medical requirements that are applicable only to people under the age of 18.

If a person's medical situation does not meet a requirement under the Listing of Impairments, that does not mean they will automatically be rejected. The SSA will move forward and examine other aspects of the process to determine if the claimant can still receive benefits. This might seem to be complicated and confusing to many and those who do not fully understand the rules might be reluctant to apply for benefits even if they have a disability that prevents them from working. Speaking to an attorney who is experienced in helping claimants pursue disability benefits can help with sifting through the rules and in filing a claim.

Source: SSA.gov, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security -- Part III -- Listing Of Impairments," accessed on Feb. 16, 2016

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