What is the Listing of Impairments for purposes of establishing disability?

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What is the Listing of Impairments and is it used to establish disability?

The Listing of Impairments, also known as  “The Listings, is set out in Social Security regulations. The listings are in two parts. Part A of the Listing of Impairments contains medical criteria that apply to the evaluation of impairments in adults age 18 and over.  Part B of the Listing of Impairments contains additional medical criteria that apply only to the evaluation of impairments of persons under age 18. The listings are examples of common impairments for each of the major body systems that Social Security considers severe enough to keep an average adult from doing any gainful activity.  See appendix 1 of subpart P of part 404 of Social Security’s regulations for the Listing of Impairments.

The listed impairments are of such a level of severity that Social Security considers a person whose impairment(s) meets or equals the Listing of Impairments to be unable to do any gainful activity, that is, the impairment(s) is expected to result in death, or to last for a specific duration, or the evidence must show that the listed impairment has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 months in a row.

Many medical conditions are included in the Social Security Disability List of Impairments (including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc). However, keep in mind that you can still qualify for SSD / SSI benefits even if your illness is not listed on the Listing of Impairments.

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4 Responses to What is the Listing of Impairments for purposes of establishing disability?

  1. Nikki Rossberg says:

    Can I get disability for my fibromyalgia? I live in Xenia, Ohio.

  2. master says:

    Yes, you most certainly can, however, each determination is very fact specific.

  3. leann says:

    I have recently found out that a prior employee was receiving SSD benefits while she was employed with our company. After being terminated she informed another employee that her \"Permanent SSD benefits had been taken away because funds from employment had been deposited into her bank account\". After doing more research we found that she had worked in similiar capacity jobs (non manual labor) over the last 10 years and made a nice sum of income. How is this possible if she was on \"permanent SSD\"? We have also found out this employee evaded paying federal taxes by claiming she was of a particular culture and providing a bogus document as proof of her exemption. (Again, this has only recently come to light through investigations into her false allegations) Please shed some light.
    Thank you

  4. Melanie says:

    I applied for SSD in March 2004 in Dayton for Fibromyalgia. I am still waiting. I will be 50 in November. While talking with a lady in the pain doctor’s office recently, she informed me that if approved after I turn 50, I will lose all back money owed and will restart at my 50th birthday. Is this true??

    I have done a little research and found that Ohio las the lowest approval rate in the country and that our region in Ohio has the lowest approval rate in the state. Has this been looked into? It seems very unfair to us who have struggled day to day without income other than the little stipend from the state and blessedly medical coverage.

    Thank you for your time.

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