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When evaluating a condition, the disability examiner consults the Social Security List of Impairments, sometimes called the “blue book.” Within each category there is a statement describing the disorder and criteria. The examiner determines if the claimant fits the category according to diagnosis and severity based on the claimants’ functional limitations. If the impairment is severe enough to prevent the person from working, they could be awarded benefits.

Some of the medical conditions in the blue book are recognized by the Social Security Administration as inherently disabling. If your disability meets one of these conditions, then you would be awarded disability benefits. Some of the listed impairments are permanent and some are expected to result in death. Other listings require evidence that will show that the claimants’ condition will last for at least 12 months during which time the person will not be able to be gainfully employed.

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