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Diseases and Disorders That Qualify for Disability Benefits


The Social Security Administration (SSA) has developed a list of various conditions and ailments that are eligible for disability benefits. This list in integral in helping them determine who qualifies for benefits and who does not. This list, known as the “List of Impairments’ or colloquially as the “Blue Book”, can be a helpful tool in helping you to determine if you can receive benefits due to your condition. Here is a brief overview of the conditions that are included in the Blue Book.

Qualifying ConditionsThe blue book is separated into 13 major categories into which many specific medical conditions fit.

  • Musculoskeletal – Includes back injuries and other issues affecting the functionality of limbs and joints
  • Cardiovascular – Includes issues pertaining to the functioning of the heart or circulatory system
  • Senses and speech issues – Includes severe impairment in the functioning of the senses, balance issues, or speech-related issues
  • Respiratory illnesses – Includes conditions that severely impact the proper flow of air into and out of the lungs
  • Neurological disorders – Includes conditions that severely limit one’s physical and mental functioning, such as epilepsy, Huntington’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Mental disorders – Includes conditions that impact the mental capacity of an individual. This category is broken into 11 subsets ranging from neurocognitive disorders to trauma and stressor-related disorders. For a complete list of these subsets, please click here.
  • Immune system disorders – Includes any ailments affecting the immune system
  • Various syndromes – Includes syndromes such as Marfan Syndrome and Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Skin disorders – Includes skin conditions that are hereditary, congenital, or acquired through a pathological process
  • Digestive tract problems – Includes conditions and disorders that affect the proper functioning of the digestive system
  • Kidney disease and genitourinary problems – Includes disorders that cause chronic kidney disease or nephrotic syndrome due to glomerular dysfunction
  • Cancer – Includes all cancers except those that are associated with HIV infections
  • Hematological disorders – Includes conditions that are non-cancerous blood disorders

Is an exact-match to the blue book necessary?

If the condition from which you suffer is not an exact match to a listing in the blue book, you may still be eligible for benefits. If your symptoms are similar to those that are specified, you can be accepted for benefits by “equaling a disability listing”. You can also qualify for benefits if your condition makes it impossible for you to continue working.

What if my condition is not listed in the blue book?

Although the blue book is extensive, it is not exhaustive. If your specific condition is not included on the list, you can still apply for benefits. If your condition is severe enough to affect your ability to work, there is a chance your claim will be approved.

If you are ready to apply for disability benefits, the representative at London Disability can help you. Contact us today.

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