The Social Security List of Disabling Conditions that Qualify

The Social Security List of Disabling Conditions that Qualify

I've referred many times on this site to the Social Security Disability List of Impairments, otherwise known as the blue book. What is this list? In actuality, it is a book published by the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability and it is titled "Disability Evaluation under Social Security" (yes, the book is blue).

The List of Impairments is primarily intended for use by adjudicators, individuals who make decisions on disability claims and are otherwise involved in the adjudication process, including disability examiners (examiners render decisions on initial claims and reconsiderations), administrative law judges (ALJs render decisions on cases heard at disability hearings), state disability agency unit supervisors (the supervisors of examiners), and state disability agency consultants (the medical doctors who work with examiners to render decisions on claims).

The book itself is divided into multiple sections. However, the sections of primary interest to claimants and adjudicators are those that contain listings. Listings are essentially physical and mental conditions for which specific disability approval criteria has been set forth or listed.

Which conditions are listed?

Listed conditions are included by category and those categories are musculoskeletal, special senses, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, genito-urinary, hemic-lymphatic, skin, endocrine, multiple body, neurological, neoplastic, and immune.

Non-listed impairments

A number of conditions are included in the Social Security Disability list of impairments (including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc). However, what may be surprising to many is the fact that most medical conditions are not listed (lyme disease and carpal tunnel syndrome, for example). And even some conditions that are included are not given an independent and separate listing of their own. Bipolar Disorder is merely included as a sub-category of listing 12.04, Affective Disorders.

Can you be approved for Social Security Disability or SSI if your particular condition is not listed in the Social Security Disability list of impairments? Yes, by receiving what the majority of approved applicants receive: a medical vocational allowance.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

Questions and Answers

1. Can you have money in the bank and get Social Security Disability?

2. Does Social Security limit how much money you can keep in the bank?


4. What medical conditions automatically qualify for disability?

5. How much income can you earn on Social Security Disability?

6. Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

7. If you call SSA and ask about your disability review will it trigger one?

8. If I get approved for disability, will I get kicked off later?

9. Can you get approved for disability based on Ulcerative Colitis?

10. Conditions that get approved for disability

11. How long after my consultative appointments will I get a decision on my disability claim?

12. Can I get married and still get my Social Security Disability?

13. How many people die while waiting for disability benefits?

14. Does SSA go by onset date or application date for back pay?

15. If you get denied at a disability hearing, can you win later?

16. Can you work while filing for disability?

17. Can medications qualify you for disability?

18. Will Social Security respond to a dire need letter?

19. Denied disability because of work credits

20. Can you still get SSI if you are denied SSDI?

21. What is the maximum of hours to work and still get disability?

22. What hours can I work and get disability?

23. What type of income affects Social Security Disability benefits?

24. Can I file a new SSI or SSDI claim while appealing my previous decision in Federal Court?

25. How long does a disability judge have to make a decision?

26. How much can an attorney charge for Social Security Disability?

27. If you are waiting on an SSDI decision, can you file for SSI?

28. What happens if you become disabled and are not insured for social security?

29. Can you get disability for arthritis of the knee?

30. Can working hurt my disability case I have a hearing coming up?

31. Can I get disability with a frozen shoulder?

32. Can a husband and wife both receive Social Security Disability?

33. Can you appeal a disability back pay decision?

34. How far does Medicare back pay?

35. Does Social Security Disability require that your savings be depleted?

36. What if I don't get a decision on my SSI claim by the 90 day period?

37. Why does the Social Security Administration want me to see one of their doctors?

38. Will I lose my Social Security cash benefits for my children if I get married?

39. Do I receive Social Security Disability for the rest of my life?

40. Can attorneys get SSDI and SSI cases to the Administrative Law Judge faster?

41. Can your benefits be taken away if Your Case Gets Reviewed?

42. Disability back pay and Children over 18

43. Is Social Security Disability and SSI temporary or permanent?

44. How long does it take to get a decision on a disability appeal?

45. What Should I do if I'm denied at an disability hearing?

46. Can you get disability for migraines?

47. Can I get disability for Sciatica?

48. Medical Records for a Disability Hearing can include your doctor's statement

49. What type of back problems qualify for disability?

50. Is bicuspid aortic valve or carpal tunnel considered a disability?

51. How long do you have to be out of work to get disability benefits?

52. Can disability be denied because of not enough doctor visits?

53. Can I get Social Security Disability off my spouse's record?

54. Do I need an attorney to get disability?

55. Getting the Status of your Disability Hearing Request

56. Will I be sent to my own doctor for a disability examination for SSD or SSI?

57. Disability Judges and getting information for your disability claim decision

58. What do I do after being denied disability?

59. Can I receive temporary SSI disability benefits?

60. How to get an SSDI reconsideration appeal approved

61. Should I hire a disability lawyer?

62. An SSI Reconsideration decision

63. Why was my Social Security Disability check reduced?

64. Can you collect your retirement and Social Security Disability?

65. How does your work history affect a claim for disability?

66. What about assets if you file for Disability?

67. Social Security Disability in North Carolina Must be for a Severe Condition

68. Medical records for SSD or SSI disability application

69. To be Awarded Disability Benefits in North Carolina, How Severe Does Your Condition Need to Be?

70. Can I apply for disability at age 62?

71. Can you win disability without enough credits?

72. When someone files for disability how many years of medical records do they need?

73. Can I get SSDI and a company pension at the same time?

74. Can you receive SSI and Social Security retirement at the same time?

75. Can I work while appealing an unfavorable Social Security decision?

76. Will my SSDI go down when I move?

77. What should you expect at a Social Security Disability psychological exam?

78. Will my disability back pay go back to the day I became disabled?

79. Can Social Security deny you because of no mental evaluation?

80. What if your doctor does not support your SSD or SSI claim?

81. Can I get short term Social Security Disability?

82. Can I get both Social Social Security Disability and SSI?

83. SSD lawyer pay when they win the case

84. Can I apply for Social Security Disability while on workers compensation?

85. If you are on Social Security retirement can you file for disability?

86. Do you have a better chance of being approved for disability with a physician's statement?

87. Does Social Security contact your employer when you apply for disability?

88. When should I seek representation for my disability claim?

89. Can I collect on my spouse's VA disability and my SSDI?

90. If I apply for disability will they cut my husband's disability?

91. What to do if you are under review for disability?

92. Do you have to notify your employer if you apply for Social Security?

93. Can I get disability on the basis of foot drop?

94. How long is the disability process?

95. When is the time to get a disability lawyer?

96. Attempts by Congress to cut Social Security Disability

97. What is your disability attorney supposed to do in their role?

98. Why is there a waiting period for disability?

99. Why does Social Security deny you when you have a lawyer?

100. Who can help me file for disability?