Monday, September 12, 2011

What are some Examples of the Listings that SSA Uses to Determine Disability in San Francisco?

When determining if a person is disabled in San Francisco, Social Security has a set of listings, which is also known as “The Blue Book”. Each listing covers a variety of conditions. If a claimant’s conditions meet the requirements of a listing, the claimant will be medically eligible for disability benefits. Many people applying for disability are not aware of Social Security’s medical requirements and are often unsure if they meet a listing or not.

“The Blue Book” covers 14 physical and mental listings. The 14 listings are Musculoskeletal System, Special Senses and Speech, Respiratory System, Cardiovascular System, Digestive System, Genitourinary Impairments, Hematological Disorders, Skin Disorders, Endocrine System, Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems, Neurological, Mental Disorders, Malignant Neoplastic Diseases, and Immune System Disorders. Each listing has a set of requirements that must be met in order for a claimant to meet the listing. Some examples of listing requirements are as follows:

Respiratory System:

· Look for oxygen tanks; lung transplant; check FEV values in the listings chart, based on height (volume of air); limitations in pulmonary function; for asthma, look for 6 or more ER visits requiring breathing treatments in a year

Skin Disorders

· Skin disorders, burns, lesions, lasting 12 months or more; skin disorders limiting the ability to perform simple tasks (such as burns on hands); skin problems recurring despite 3 months of prescribed treatment; frequency of flare-ups

Mental Disorders

· Sobriety for at least 12 months; GAF less than 50; inability to perform simple tasks and concentrate; psychological hospitalizations, residences in in-patient facilities, suicide attempts; anti-psychotic medications

To find out more details and whether your conditions meet a listing, you can go to If your conditions are not severe enough to meet a listing, you will not necessarily be denied- Social Security will look into your conditions and your past work in detail and determine if you are able to return to any type of work. It is good to have a general idea of what listing your conditions fall under and make sure that Social Security is aware of all of your conditions.

With disability processing times often at well over a year, it is essential that you ensure your claim is being processed correctly. Hiring a Social Security Disability lawyer to handle your case will guarantee that no mistakes are made and no further delays are placed on your case. To find our more, visit us at

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