Social Security Administration (SSA) Listing of Impairments

The Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments: A Guide to Faster Disability Benefits

Are you considering applying for Social Security disability benefits? The SSA’s Listing of Impairments, also known as the “blue book,” can significantly impact your application process. This blog post will explain the Listing, how it benefits you, and what to do if your condition isn’t listed.

What is the Listing of Impairments?

The Listing of Impairments is a comprehensive resource outlining severe medical conditions that qualify an applicant for disability benefits. It’s broken down by the body system (e.g., musculoskeletal, neurological) and includes separate sections for adults and children.

Why is a Listed Impairment Important?

Having a documented diagnosis that meets the criteria for a listed impairment can significantly streamline your application process. Meeting listing criteria often eliminates the need for extensive medical evidence typically required to establish disability. This can lead to faster approval for your benefits.

Important Points to Remember:

  • A diagnosis alone doesn’t guarantee approval. Each listed condition has specific criteria, including symptoms, test results, and limitations caused by the condition.
  • For example, asthma may be a listed impairment, but only if it occurs with a specific frequency despite proper medication.

Listed Impairment vs. Non-Listed Impairment:

  • Listed Impairment: A quicker and potentially easier path to approval if you meet the specific criteria.
  • Non-Listed Impairment: Requires a more complex application process with more medical evidence to establish disability. This can lead to a longer wait time.


  • Do I need to have a listed impairment to qualify for benefits? No, you can still qualify even if your condition isn’t listed.
  • Where can I find the Listing of Impairments? You can find it on the Social Security Administration’s website:
  • What should I do if my condition isn’t listed? Don’t be discouraged! You may still qualify under a different program or by meeting alternative criteria. An experienced Social Security disability advocate can help navigate the process.

We Can Help!

While the SSA doesn’t require you to identify a listed impairment, understanding the Listing can be advantageous. Our team of experienced Social Security disability advocates can help you:

  • Determine if your condition meets the criteria for a listed impairment.
  • Gather the necessary medical evidence to support your application.
  • Navigate the application process efficiently.

Wherever you are in the application process, we can help!

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