Neuropathy and Social Security Disability Benefits
What You Need to Know
Affecting around 20 million people in the United States, neuropathy is a fairly common condition that occurs when the peripheral nerves are not functioning correctly. These nerves are those that connect the spinal cord to all other areas of the body, and when they being to malfunction can cause extreme weakness of limbs, hands and feet, numbness and in some cases pain.
The Social Security Administration does not acknowledge neuropathy under the SSD Benefit guidelines. However, neuropathy is recognized as a result from other disorders that do qualify for SSD and SSI Disability. Often, the presence of neuropathy will help prove those claims when associated with other disorders.
At any rate, when applying for disability benefits, it is important for you to be able to provide accurate and up-to-date medical records from your doctor to demonstrate to the SSA the extent of your condition. Regular visits to your physician should ensure that your records are always the most accurate. This makes it easier to prove your disorder to SSA and more likely that you’ll be approved for SSD benefits.
The most important thing to keep in mind during your application process is that neuropathy won’t be considered an acceptable disability on its own. To work through this set-back, hiring a Social Security disability attorney will be able to give you proper assistance and develop a strategy that will help get your disability claim approved.