Have you been diagnosed with chronic carpal tunnel? Ouch. It’s not only painful — it can make working impossible. At Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., our disability team reviews disability claims of all kinds, including carpal tunnel. This blog looks at disability benefits for carpal tunnel — as well as how to work your way through the claims process to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
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Watson & Carroll’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits you need to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side.
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Do I Qualify For Disability Benefits?
The SSA has a medical guide, which is called the Blue Book, that is used to determine if a claimant meets the medical criteria to qualify for disability benefits. While carpal tunnel does not have a listing as a qualifying condition on its own, you can still qualify for disability benefits if specific criteria are met.
Carpal tunnel syndrome results from pressure on a nerve in the wrist that is caused by swelling. This nerve, called the median nerve, provides feeling to parts of the hand. Often, carpal tunnel is a result of repetitive stress injury, such as manufacturing work or typing. Other injuries to the wrist or diseases such as lupus or arthritis can cause carpal tunnel as well.
Carpal tunnel can cause weakness of the hand, numbness, or tingling. It can make gripping or moving your fingers difficult. It can cause severe pain in the wrist, arm, and hand. There are many treatments for carpal tunnel, such as taking medication, wearing a splint on the wrist, and even surgical intervention. While treatment or surgery often helps the symptoms, some individuals face lifelong tingling, numbness, and weakness, which affects the ability to work. If carpal tunnel is caused by an autoimmune disease like lupus or arthritis, surgery offers little or no relief.
What is A Medical Vocational Allowance?
If your condition does not meet the criteria of a listing, you can still qualify through a medical vocational allowance. This approach will take your age, work history, educational background, transferable skills, medical conditions, and restrictions and limitations into consideration. This approach usually requires a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). A vocational expert will review your medical records and other pertinent details then tell the ALJ what kind of jobs you can do, or if you are unable to work.
A residual functional capacity (RFC) form completed by your treating physician can be very beneficial with your carpal tunnel disability claim. It will show what you can and cannot do in detail. It will detail how much you can lift, how far you can walk, how often you must reposition, how frequently you must take breaks, and so forth. It will give a clear and detailed presentation of what you can and cannot do, so the disability examiner will be able to determine if you can work or not.
Should I Hire a Lawyer?
If you or someone you know is unable to work and earn a living because of carpal tunnel, you may face a challenge qualifying for disability benefits. Call the offices of Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., to schedule a consultation with a disability attorney. The Watson & Carroll team has helped thousands of disabled workers get their disability claims approved. Our team has the knowledge and experience needed to help you get your claim on track.
About Watson & Carroll
Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld.