Social Security Disability: List of Impairments
The Social Security administration maintains a list of impairments that is part of the criteria for determining eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. This list is something you should consult with if you’re applying for benefits. In all cases, it’s best to know as much about the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits as you can before you even get started. That being said, this is an enormous bureaucracy, so there are situations where it’s nearly impossible to know everything you need to know beforehand.
You can find the list for disabilities for adults located at the SSA site. Part B covers the Social Security disability listings for children. Make sure you’re looking at the correct list, if you’re trying to find information about whether or not your condition may qualify you for disability.
You’ll have to do a bit of research to find out the exact category your condition falls under. For instance, you might have cerebral palsy, which falls under the category of Neurological conditions, but which has effects that are generally most profoundly felt on the musculoskeletal system. This can make it a bit confusing when you’re applying for benefits.
The list contains all the pertinent information about these conditions as they relate to applying for benefits. Knowing your condition and what’s required if you want to apply for benefits, however, is only the beginning of the process. Where Social Security is concerned, nothing is really easy, so you’ll want to make sure you know what you’re in for when you apply.
Applying for Social Security disability payments oftentimes involves a process of application and appeal. Many claims that are later found to be valid on appeal are turned down when they are first applied for. It’s easy to go ahead and blame bureaucrats for this but keep in mind that they have a huge number of claims to process and, unless something looks very obvious to them in terms of it qualifying for disability payments, they may deny it. This is why there is an appeals process.
If you do appeal, your chances of winning are much higher if you contact a lawyer for assistance with the matter. Many people make the mistake of applying for the same benefits over and over again rather than appealing their application when it is turned down. A lawyer can make sure you follow the correct procedure and greatly increase the chances that you will get your benefits.
Remember that, if your benefits are approved, you will get back pay until the time they should have been approved but were not when you initially applied for them.