When you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits, it's confusing to determine whether you'll be eligible to receive benefits or not. There are a few different factors that determine your eligibility, including whether or not your disabling condition is listed in something called the "Blue Book."
Understanding the Social Security Blue Book is complicated, but a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to learn everything you need to know.
Everything You Need to Know About the Blue Book
The Social Security Blue Book is the informal name for the Social Security Administration's Listing of Impairments. If your condition is on the list of impairments -- aka if the condition is in the SSA's Blue Book -- then you should typically be able to get benefits provided that you have any specific symptoms that the SSA requires accompany that particular condition.
The Blue Book is divided into different categories, including specific chapters for different kinds of impairments such as neurological conditions or musculoskeletal disorders. You should determine if your condition is found within the book because of it is not, you'd only be able to get disability benefits by showing you have a medical problem that's equivalent in severity to listed conditions.
A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer will help you to determine if your condition is listed in the Blue Book and will assist you with understanding other requirements for disability benefits, such as having a sufficient number of work credits. Contact an attorney today to learn more.