Multiple Body Systems Impairments That Qualify For Social Security Benefits

When someone applies for Social Security Disability, The Social Security Administration will overlook your condition with something called the bluebook. The bluebook outlines all conditions that qualify for Social Security Benefits in 14 sections, as well as providing a detailed description of what is required to prove that your condition is in fact making you disabled and qualified. In section 10 of the bluebook, it will cover what qualifies for disability due to impairments that are affecting multiple body systems.

Down syndrome without mosaicism is a genetic condition. The majority of persons with non-mosaic Down syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21 in every cell (chromosome 21 trisomy); some have an additional copy of chromosome 21 connected to another chromosome in every cell (chromosome 21 translocation). Almost all individuals with non-mosaic Down syndrome exhibit distinctive facial or other physical characteristics, as well as delayed physical development and intellectual handicap. Non-mosaic Down syndrome patients may also have congenital heart disease, reduced vision, hearing difficulties, and other illnesses. We assess non-mosaic Down syndrome in accordance with section 10.06. We consider you impaired from birth if you have non-mosaic Down syndrome as defined in section 10.00C of the bluebook.

The SSA evaluates non-mosaic down syndrome with a persons providing medical documentation of either of the following:

  • A medical professional laboratory report of karyotype analysis, or both a physician-signed laboratory report of karyotype analysis and a physician-signed statement that you have Down syndrome
  • A hospital’s report stating that you have chromosome 21 trisomy or translocation consistent with past karyotype study and the characteristic facial or other physical features associated with Down syndrome.
  • A doctor’s report stating that you have Down syndrome with distinctive facial or other physical characteristics, as well as proof that you function at a level compatible with non-mosaic Down syndrome.

Other disorders affecting multiple body systems (including mosaic Down Syndrome) are evaluated utilizing the Blue Book sections pertaining to the afflicted body systems. You will be authorized for disability payments if the magnitude and severity of the effect on any body system are sufficient to meet the conditions for that system’s listing.

If you have a disability that affects many body systems but does not meet the Blue Book’s requirements for any particular body system, you may still be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The SSA will consider the following:

Your total number of disabilities corresponds to one of the Blue Book entries OR
Even if your impairments do not match the criteria for any of the listings, the evidence demonstrates that your disabilities are severe and extensive enough that you cannot be expected to undertake any gainful work.
Specific conditions that qualify as disabilities under the examination of various body systems include the following:

  • Syndrome of Caudal Regression
  • Syndrome Ehlers-Danlos
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Fragile X Syndrome (Syndrome de Fragile X)
  • Down Syndrome: Mosaic/Non-mosaic
  • Phenomenon of phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Syndrome de Reye
  • Trisomy X Syndrome trisomy X syndrome trisomy x syndrome tri (XXX Syndrome)