Does Social Security Use a List of Impairments to Determine If I Can Get Benefits?

Jorgensen Law win Social Security disability benefits awards even for clients with less well-defined medical evidence.

Answer: YES!

The Social Security Administration uses a Listing of Medical Impairments, shown below. The representatives at Jorgensen Law are especially adept in the review of client medical records, reports and other medical information. Our knowledge of this List of Impairments coupled with our experience in the analysis and presentation of medical documentation has helped Jorgensen Law, Social Security Disability Attorneys win Social Security disability benefits awards even for clients with less well-defined medical evidence.

It’s important to remember that just because you have been diagnosed with, or told that you have, one of the listed impairments, that does not guarantee that you will automatically be granted benefits. A person must meet each of the sub-criteria to qualify for benefits under a “Listing”. Likewise, if you have an impairment or combination of impairments that do not show up on the list below, it does not mean that you won’t qualify for disability benefits. The majority of claims that go to an Administrative Law Judge do not meet one of the listings below. There are a variety of theories an Attorney can use to argue your case before the Social Security Administration. Therefore, if you don’t think you fit into one of the listings, don’t be discouraged. Contact Jorgensen Law and discuss your case with one of our representatives. Jorgensen Law will organize a solid case for presentation to the SSA to maximize your chance of a positive outcome for your benefits award.

Unfortunately, the way the listings are written makes it look very easy to qualify for Social Security Disability, unfortunately, that’s not the case. You may believe that you “meet” the listing, but you just as easily not meet the listings at all, at least not from the viewpoint of the Social Security Administration. The Listing of Impairments is a basic guideline and not a definitive and “final word” for what constitutes a disabling condition. Fortunately, the SSA allows attorneys and representatives to argue that your medical conditions, when added together, “Equal” the same limitations as the conditions listed. This way, even if you do not have a diagnosis as indicated in the “Listings”, with proper representation, you could still be found eligible to receive disability benefits, because the combination of medical issues disable you just as severely as the listed conditions.

In that case, you may be determined to be disabled and receive your benefits award. However, arguing this type of case is even more complex, requiring expert medical records analysis, and a well-organized presentation of the case material. It is important that the SSA be able to easily understand how your conditions combine to render you disabled from the SSA’s standpoint. In cases where an individual’s medical condition does not “meet” a listing, then professional representation is even more important, as it must be proven that severity of your impairments are equal to, if not worse than, those outlined in one of the actual listings. This is just one of the many case management specialties we provide at Jorgensen Law; we are proud of our ability to organize and to clearly present these complex cases before the SSA.

Social Security separates impairments into 14 categories, shown below. Each of these 14 categories in the Listing of Impairments is then separated into various specialty and conditional sub-categories.

If you would like to have one of our representatives help you decide whether you would likely meet a listing, please contact us or complete our free Social Security Disability Case Evaluation form and we will be in touch with you just as soon as possible.

1.00 Musculoskeletal System

2.00 Special Senses and Speech

3.00 Respiratory System

4.00 Cardiovascular System

5.00 Digestive System

6.00 Genitourinary System

7.00 Hematological Disorders

8.00 Skin Disorders

9.00 Endocrine System

10.00 Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems

11.00 Neurological

12.00 Mental Disorders

13.00 Malignant Neoplastic Disease

14.00 Immune System