If you have a serious injury or illness and the medical condition you have prevents you from working in any job you're qualified for, you could be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits. However, qualifying for benefits is very difficult and you'll likely need help from a Los Angeles disability attorney to successfully make a benefits claim.
One reason why qualifying for benefits is so hard is because the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a very narrow definition of what it means to be disabled. One of the keys in determining if you will be considered disabled or not is whether your condition is listed in the Blue Book.
What is the Social Security Blue Book?
The Social Security Blue Book is the informal name that is given to the Social Security Administration's Listing of Impairments. The book is divided into two different parts: Part A for adult disorders and Part B for disorders and conditions affecting children.
Within each part are different sections for different kinds of conditions, such as a section for musculoskeletal disorders and a section for neurological disorders. If your condition is listed in the relevant section, you should be able to qualify for benefits provided you can prove you have the condition along with any specific symptoms the Blue Book indicates must accompany that particular disorder.
If your condition is not listed, you must prove it's medically equivalent in severity to those within the Blue Book. A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help so contact an attorney as soon as possible.