Archive for September, 2013

The Listing of Impairments

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

The Social Security Administration uses what are called the Listing of Impairments in determining if a claimant is disabled and describes for each major body system impairments that are severe enough to prevent a person from engaging in any gainful activity. Currently there are over 100 listed impairments.

The Listing of Impairments discusses what kinds of medical evidence should be reviewed and how the SSA evaluates signs, symptoms, laboratory results, diagnostic testing findings, responses to prescribed treatment and functional limitations to determine the severity of impairments. If the evidence proves the existence of all of the criteria required by one of the impairment listings then the claimant meets the Listing and will be found disabled.

By James W. Nuebel
Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney