When consulting the social security disability list of impairments, bear in mind that these listings change often. The Social Security Administration (SSA) website should have the most updated information, but it is always worth confirming that the list of impairments you are viewing has the most recent set of updates.
Among the categories on that disability list for adults:
1.00 Musculoskeletal System – relating to the muscles, the bones, and all other elements of the musculature – anything relating to back injuries would fall into this grouping, as would carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or any other issues involving hand and arm movement
2.00 Special Senses and Speech – relating to sight, hearing, producing sound, and labyrinthine-vestibular function (including balance) – this would include cataracts, blurred vision, tinnitus, and any loss of touch sensation
3.00 Respiratory Disorders – relating to breathing, and the intake and processing of oxygen – asthma and all related conditions would be included, as well as lung disease (not cancer), emphysema, or any other ailments related to the lungs
4.00 Cardiovascular System – relating to the heart and circulatory systems, including high blood pressure (hypertension) or low blood pressure (hypotension)
5.00 Digestive System – relating to the intake, processing, and excretion of nutrients — gastro-intestinal ailments would fall into this category
6.00 Genitourinary Disorders – relating to the genital and urinary organs
7.00 Hematological Disorders – relating to the blood, and organs that filter the blood – kidney ailments, Hepatitis, and liver disease are all considered hematological
8.00 Skin Disorders – relating to infections of the skin, burns, photosensitivity, and all other skin issues
9.00 Endocrine Disorders – relating to the secretion of hormones and other glandular issues
10.00 Congenital Disorders that Affect Multiple Body Systems
11.00 Neurological Disorders – such as Parkinson’s disease, ALS, or epilepsy
12.00 Mental Disorders, including depression, panic disorders, and schizophrenia
13.00 Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases)
Within each of those categories are the various subcategories – in the case of 1.00, there are eight, including “1.04 – Disorders of the spine” and “1.05 – Amputation (due to any cause).”
Your Claim will Fare better if you understand the SSA Listings
If you are filing a disability benefits claim, it will help to know how the Social Security Administration (SSA) categorizes its medical conditions – and, specifically, the conditions affecting you. Working within their organizational system will streamline the process.
If you would like help navigating the SSA disability lists, or understanding where your disability is described in these lists of impairments, please contact our office in Cincinnati. We understand how complex social security can be to navigate, and we have plenty of experience dealing with the fine points of disability compensation.