Meeting a Listing
Our Boise Disability Attorney firm knows that one way the SSA will determine that you are disabled is if you meet a listing in the Listing of Impairments. The SSA will determine you meet a listing when your impairment is included in the Listing and the severity of your symptoms meet their requirements–being diagnosed with an impairment in the Listing of Impairments is not enough to establish disability. To meet a listing, you must display the symptoms, clinical signs, and medical test results specified in the particular listing. A knowledgeable Social Security Attorney can help you to understand the listings and show you how you can meet or equal that listing.
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Social Security Impairment Listings
The SSA lists 14 primary areas of disability. Remember that the list is simply one way the SSA determines eligibility for benefits. If your disorder does not appear on the list, you are not disqualified from receiving benefits. The listings are:
- Musculoskeletal system disorders such as joint dysfunctions, spinal disorders, amputation, burns (soft tissue injuries), and fractures
- Special senses and speech such as visual and hearing problems and loss of speech
- Respiratory system problems such as chronic pulmonary difficulties, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and chronic lung infections
- Cardiovascular system problems such as chronic heart failure, heart disease, and chronic venous insufficiency
- Digestive system disorders such as obstruction of the esophagus, chronic liver disease, and chronic colitis
- Genitourinary system problems such as renal function impairments and nephrotic syndrome
- Hematological disorders such as chronic anemia, sickle cell disease, myelofibrosis, and coagulation defects
- Skin disorders such as ichthyosis, bullous disease, and burns
- Endocrine system problems such as thyroid disorders and diabetes mellitus (with neuropathy, acidosis, or retinitis proliferans)
- Impairments that affect multiple body systems (Down syndrome)
- Neurological disorders such as epilepsy, brain tumor, cerebral palsy, cerebral trauma, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy
- Mental disorders such as organic disorders, schizophrenia, affective disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, mental retardation, and autism
- Malignant neoplastic disorders (cancer) such as soft tissue tumors, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia
- Immune system disorders such as lupus, sclerosis, inflammatory arthritis, and HIV infection
If you want additional information about the listings, and which disorders are included, you can access it HERE.
What If I Don’t Meet a Listing?
You do not have to meet a listing to be considered disabled. The listings are examples of common impairments that the SSA has found to be severe enough that they prevent adults from engaging in substantial gainful activity. If you do not meet a listing, the SSA will use your medical evidence to determine if your impairment(s) is at least as severe as, or more severe than, a listed impairment. This is called equaling a listing. Our Social Security Attorneys will make your case to Social Security that you do meet a listing.
What If I Don’t Meet a Listing or Equal a Listing?
Even if you do not meet a listing, and your impairment is not medically equal to a listed impairment, the SSA may still consider you disabled. In the case that you do not meet a listing or equal a listing, the SSA will evaluate your functional capacity for work. The SSA will look at your work history and background, your age, and education. This is where experienced Social Security Attorneys can do the most good for you. With our experience, we know how to best argue that your functional capacity has been eroded by your disability to the point you cannot maintain substantial gainful employment even though your impairment doesn’t meet or equal a listing.
Have you been denied or are you experiencing issues with your disability claim benefits? Contact our Boise disability attorney firm for the disabled for a free consultation today by calling 208-888-8882.