The world of Social Security disability benefits is complex and challenging when you need to prove your eligibility. One resource you can use is the Social Security Disability Blue Book.
Here is an overview of the Blue Book, its significance and how it impacts you when you seek disability benefits.
Social Security Disability Blue Book breakdown
The Social Security Disability Blue Book is also known as the “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security.” Its purpose is to provide a standardized framework for evaluating medical conditions and disabilities to determine your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits.
The Structure of the Blue Book
There are three main sections:
Part I: This section outlines adult impairments or medical conditions that qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance.
Part II: This part focuses on childhood impairments and conditions that may make a child eligible for benefits. It includes a list of impairments specific to children.
- Part III: The last main part focuses on eligible conditions.
Under each category, there are specific criteria that your condition must meet.
The Significance of the Blue Book
When you apply for disability benefits, administration workers review your documentation and medical records. They use the Blue Book as a reference to determine if you meet the established criteria. In cases where a condition is not listed, they will consider whether the impairment is equivalent to one listed.
In 2021, 9.2 million people used disability benefits, according to the Social Security Administration. The Blue Book is a tool for evaluating these disability claims. While the process can be challenging, the Blue Book helps ensure those with genuine disabilities receive the support they need.