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Social Security Disability

When a disability judge determines eligibility for benefits, they refer to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Evaluation Under Social Security , a lengthy code more commonly referred to as the Blue Book . The Blue Book contains detailed information outlining the requirements necessary to qualify for disability benefits. At Bowman Disability, we’ve made it our mission to help our clients understand how they fit into the SSA’s designations and determine what evidence will be needed to build a strong case for their benefits.

Interpreting the SSA Blue Book

How the SSA Defines Disability

For adults, the SSA defines disability as the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s). In plain language, this means you must be able to provide medical evidence that you are unable to work a reasonable number of hours to support yourself.

Impairments included in the Blue Book

    Low birth weight and failure to thrive (for children only)
    Hematological disorders
    Musculoskeletal system
    Skin disorders
    Special senses and speech
    Endocrine disorders
    Respiratory disorders
    Back impairments
    Cardiovascular system
    Congenital disorders
    Digestive system
    Neurological disorders
    Genitourinary disorders
    Cancer (malignant neoplastic diseases)
    Immune System disorders
    Cognitive Issues
    Mental Health

Using the Blue Book to Help Your Case

Understanding what the SSA Blue Book has to say regarding your condition is essential to presenting your claim.

If you are experiencing the most severe symptoms listed for your condition, there is a good chance you will be approved for benefits on the spot. However if your
symptoms are less severe, harder to demonstrate, or your ability to work is impacted by a constellation of impairments, it may take more time for the SSA to determine your eligibility for benefits. Our firm is equipped to parse out even the most complex cases and fight for you right to receive your disability benefits.

How SSA Evaluates Applicants

To prove their disability, claimants need to provide information on their educational background, work experience, and extensive evidence of their symptoms.

If current medical evidence is insufficient, the court may appoint a consultative examiner to obtain more information. A knowledgeable attorney can help you identify gaps in your evidence before filing, which may reduce the possibility of delays.

    You’re unable to work fulltime because of health problems.
    You’ll be unable to work for at least one full year.
    You worked at least five of the last 10 years and earned credits by paying Social Security taxes.
    SSI is based on total household income and assets.

Contact Our Disability
Lawyer in Virginia and North Carolina

If you’ve never applied for benefits or recently received a notice of denial, you may be left feeling intimidated or confused.

Our disability attorney located in Virginia and North Carolina can help you build a strong case.

Unlike with national firms, Bowman Disability Law guarantees that you will speak with and/or meet with a live attorney before the day of your hearing. Contact us today to request a professional case evaluation.

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