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What is Social Security's Listing of Impairments?

If you are applying for disability benefits from Social Security because of a medical condition that prevents you from working, the agency's Listing of Impairments will be an important part of the agency's decision making process. The list, also called the Blue Book, contains information about medical conditions that are so severe that Social Security will automatically consider you disabled if you can meet the condition outlined in the list.

The Blue Book contains a list of medical conditions for each of the major systems of the body. The list contains information and medical criteria that Social Security uses when it analyzes an application for benefits. If Social Security finds that you meet a condition on the list, it will find you disabled. However, you may qualify for benefits even if your medical condition does not meet a condition on the list. 

If you do not have a medical condition on the list, Social Security will take other steps to determine if you are disabled. It will examine whether your disability or disabilities are equal to a medical condition on the list. If it finds that your impairment is equal to a condition on the list, it will consider you disabled. If it finds that your medical impairment does not meet or equal a condition on the list, the agency will consider whether you are able to work in your old job or any other kind of job. If it finds that your medical impairment prevents you from doing your old line of work or any other kind of work, you will be considered disabled.

While it's beneficial for disability applicants to have a medical condition listed in the Blue Book, it's possible to obtain benefits even if they do not meet any medical conditions in the listing.


  • To learn more about the medical conditions that can qualify for disability benefits, visit Midwest Disability's page on medical impairments.
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