When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, you may hear the terms List of Impairments. You may also hear the term Blue Book. These terms are confusing ones, as much of the process of applying for Social Security Disability is confusing since there's a lot of technical and legal language to know.
A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to understand the process of applying for benefits and can assist you in learning what the Blue Book and List of Impairments are and what they mean for your ability to get benefits.
Is the Blue Book the Same as the List of Impairments?
If you're not sure of the differences between the Blue Book and the List of Impairments, don't worry -- there are no differences. Blue Book is just the informal name that has been given to the list of medical conditions that the Social Security Administration uses to determine who is likely to receive benefits.
If your disability is listed in the Blue Book -- aka it is listed on the List of Impairments -- this is not a guarantee that you will receive disability benefits. You still have to meet other criteria, such as having earned enough work credits if you are hoping to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The benefit of your condition being listed is that it is easier to qualify as disabled if you can prove you have the specific symptoms associated with that condition than if you have a medical problem not on the list.
A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can explain the details, so contact an attorney for help today.