The "Blue Book" explains in great detail the medical conditions and criteria that the SSA uses to help determine if a person is eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
It's important to remember that while all Substantial Gainful Activity is work, not all work is considered Substantial Gainful Activity, and it takes more than just money into account. We explain it all in detail here.
As part of the five-step disability determination process, the Social Security Administration must determine whether you can perform your past work, or adjust to different work in the national economy, given your physical and/or mental conditions.
Step four of Social Security Administrations’s process for determining disability requires that the claimant prove that they cannot perform their “past relevant work,” and there are some important factors to understand about how the SSA makes this determination.
The heart of the matter is whether or not the applicant can "sustain" their work. In this article, we break down what that means, and provide three examples of common impairments.
The third step in the SSA's five-step evaluation process asks whether your condition(s) meet or equal a “Listing Impairment.”
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects roughly 1.5 million people in the US - but does it qualify as a disability, allowing people to get monthly SSDI benefits?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects roughly 1.5 million people in the US - but can it qualify as a disability, allowing a person to get monthly SSDI benefits?
Joint and muscle injuries can occur to anyone at any age, however such injuries are more common as you get older due to natural wear and tear. Can they qualify for monthly SSDI benefits?
Because Huntington's Disease is such a serious condition, it may qualify an SSDI applicant for a "compassionate allowance," which can speed up the application process dramatically.
Hepatitis C is a serious, but often curable, disease can cause severe damage to the liver and result in death if left untreated or undiagnosed. Can it qualify a person for SSDI disability benefits? Find out here!
A herniated disc, also known as a "ruptured disc" or "slipped disc," is a type of spinal injury that can be quite painful indeed - but can it qualify a person for SSDI benefits?
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) is often referred to as the “silent killer.” But can it qualify a person for monthly Social Security Disability Insurance benefits?
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is most commonly a progressive development that occurs naturally and gradually as you age. But can it qualify a person for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits?