Steps in Determining your Disability Eligibility

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Social Security regulations mandate that your condition must be a match within the Listing of Impairments for you to be considered “disabled.” Your Colorado disability lawyer will provide additional information about the List and other pertinent regulations.

Listing of Impairments

To be considered disabled at step 3 of the sequential evaluation process, your medical signs, findings and symptoms must meet or be “medically equal” to one of the medical signs, findings and symptoms from the Listing of Impairment. The Listing of Impairments is a set of medical criteria that helps determine disability eligibility, as part of Social Security disability regulations.

Establishing medical equivalence

If your impairment isn’t among the conditions found in the List of Impairments, your Colorado disability lawyer can still argue that your impairment is medically equivalent to a listed impairment. This will happen in four situations.

  1. Your impairment is not a strict match but you have other findings.
  2. Your impairments are found in the list but a few are not severe enough and you have other findings.
  3. Your impairment is not found in the list but is severe as an analogous one from the list.
  4. You have a combination of impairments that is individually not a match within the list but is cumulatively equal to certain impairments on the list.

Your Colorado disability Lawyer can also liken your disability to another claimant with a listed impairment by comparing the pair’s medical findings, symptoms and limitations in functioning. However, a medical expert hired by the SSA will also provide his opinion on your disability to the ALJ before he can rule that your impairment is medically equal to a listed impairment.

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