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What's the Listing of Impairments for Social Security Disability?


When people in Wayne and across the state are seeking Social Security Disability benefits, it's important to know how the decision is made as to whether those benefits will be provided. When the claimant is assessed, the Social Security Administration will use what is known as the Listing of Impairments to make the determination. Various issues will go into whether or not a claimant meets the criteria of SSDI impairments to be granted benefits.

For a person to receive Social Security Disability benefits, that person will be assessed to decide whether the impairments they claim they have are sufficiently severe to keep the person from performing gainful activity. For children under the age of 18, the issue must be severe enough so they are markedly functionally limited. Many of the impairments on the list are such that they will either be permanent or end with the claimant's death. If not, there will be a specific statement detailing its duration. With the other listings, there must be evidence proving that the impairment will last or there is the expectation that it will last continuously for a minimum of 12 months.

The Listings include Part A and B. Part A has medical factors that will be applied for people age 18 and above. This can also be applied when the impairments of people under the age of 18 are evaluated in the event that the diseases are similar for children and adults. Part B has other medical criteria that are only applicable to evaluating impairments of children under 18. This is because some criteria in Part A doesn't give necessary consideration to how a disease is different in children than for adults.

The Listing of Impairments doesn't automatically indicate whether or not a person will receive benefits. If the impairments the individual is suffering from don't meet the Listing of Impairments, the Administrative Law Judge will have to make a decision based on other factors.

Source: SSA.gov, "Part III - Listing of Impairments," accessed on Nov. 25, 2014

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