The Blue Book contains a list of impairments and the accompanying criteria that the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses to determine whether an applicant is disabled for the purposes of obtaining Social Security disability benefits. While many diseases, illnesses, and injuries are included in the Blue Book, the SSA recognizes that it would be impossible to include every potentially disabling illness or condition. Therefore, you may be able to obtain Social Security disability benefits even if your medical condition or injury is not specifically listed in the Blue Book.
When Your Condition Isn’t Listed
If your condition is not included in the Blue Book, you need to make sure that you can convince the SSA that you meet the Social Security disability eligibility criteria. In other words, you need to establish the following:
- You have a medical condition or illness that has been diagnosed by a doctor and that is expected to last for more than one year or result in your death.
- Your medical condition or illness prevents you from doing work of any kind.
- You have paid into the Social Security system and are now eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
You don’t have to do this alone. Instead, you have the right to work with a Social Security disability lawyer to get the benefits that you deserve if you suffer from a disabling condition in Duncanville, Cedar Hill, or elsewhere in the Dallas or Houston area. To learn more, please complete our online contact form or call us directly to schedule a free consultation.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.