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Peripheral Neuropathy and Social Security Disability

Peripheral nerves carry messages from the spinal cord and brain to the rest of the body, and vice versa. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when these nerves are damaged. Diabetes is a major cause of peripheral neuropathy. Other culprits include metabolic disorders, toxins, certain medications, and autoimmune diseases, to name a few.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can range from muscle weakness, balance issues, and diminished coordination to numbness or tingling in the extremities, loss of sensation, and a burning-type feeling, among others. THe end result of these symptoms may be chronic pain and/or walking, standing, and controlling muscle movements. In addition, some people who have lost sensation may unknowingly experience injuries, which can lead to infection and amputation.

For some, trying to work while dealing with peripheral neuropathy may be an extreme challenge or outright impossibility. The Social Security Administration lists peripheral neuropathy in its "blue book" listing of disabilities, which specifies criteria that must be met in order for an applicant to be approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) payments. Even if these criteria are not met, the limitations caused by peripheral neuropathy may qualify for SSD benefits.

Social Security will examine a claimant's medical and work histories, and evaluate their functional limitations. Based on these assessments- and the age, education, and work skills of the claimant- social security may conclude that the claimant does not possess the ability to return to their past work, or transition to a less demanding job. Thus, SSD will be approved.

If your job performance has suffered greatly as a result of peripheral neuropathy, contact the Law Office of William J. Luse at 843-839-4795 to get a free consultation.


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