The Social Security Administration's Blue Book is the key to medically qualifying for Social Security disability benefits. Formally known as “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security”, the Blue Book outlines the conditions that qualify for disability benefits as well as how someone experiencing them can qualify. In order to have a successful disability claim, you first need to understand what the Blue Book is and how it influences the application process.
Information Found In the Blue Book
As stated, the Blue Book contains the qualifying criteria for each disabling condition. Under each listing you’ll find the specific diagnosis, testing, results, documentation, etc. that is needed to qualify for that condition. The Blue Book is broken down by the major body systems to make it easier to find a specific condition. This includes:
- Section 1.00 Musculoskeletal System
- Section 2.00 Special Sense and Speech
- Section 3.00 Respiratory Disorders
- Section 4.00 Cardiovascular System
- Section 5.00 Digestive System
- Section 6.00 Genitourinary Disorders
- Section 7.00 Hematological Disorders
- Section 8.00 Skin Disorders
- Section 9.00 Endocrine Disorders
- Section 10.00 Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems
- Section 11.00 Neurological Disorders
- Section 12.00 Mental Disorders
- Section 13.00 Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Disease)
- Section 14.00 Immune System Disorders
The Blue Book also has general information on applying for disability benefits. Reviewing this section before applying can help make sure you are prepared for the application process. The different benefits programs are outlined as well. The SSA has even made a video series available to help understand the application process. You can find a section on evidentiary requirements. This section goes over the different forms of evidence the SSA will accept with your application.
Using the Blue Book For Your Claim
The Blue Book is available online. Because it is accessible online, it’s in your best interest to look over the listings with your doctor. The listings are written specifically for medical and/or disability professionals, so a doctor will best understand what the listing requires.
By reviewing the listings with your doctor, you can ensure that you have the correct tests and evidence to demonstrate that you meet the listing. If you find that you have not had a test or examination that is required to meet the listing, then your doctor can help make sure that it is done and in a timely fashion. Most claims are initially denied for lack of evidence, so by following the listings and it’s specifications you’ll increase your chances of a successful claim.
How a Lawyer Can Help With the Blue Book
The Blue Book can be difficult to understand if you do not have experience. A disability attorney will understand exactly what is meant by your condition’s listing and what you will need to prove you qualify medically.
With help of a lawyer, you can be confident that your claim will have the medical evidence and documentation that you need. To consult with an experienced disability attorney that takes cases in your area, complete the Free Case Evaluation today!