Neuropathy encompasses a number of nerve-related conditions that are caused by diseases or injuries such as diabetes, infections, and vitamin deficiencies. One common variation called peripheral neuropathy causes numbness, tingling, and pain. Neuropathy most often affects your hands and feet, which may make it difficult for you to perform your assigned work duties. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes neuropathy as a disability. If your doctor diagnoses you with this condition, you may be eligible to receive monthly Social Security disability benefits for neuropathy.
Other, similar conditions that may also limit your ability to hold down a full-time job include:
- Cranial neuropathy
- Autonomic neuropathy
- Focal neuropathy
Does the SSA Provide Social Security Disability Benefits for Neuropathy?
The SSA does recognize peripheral neuropathy as a disabling condition for certain individuals. However, you must meet all required criteria for the SSA to approve your claim requesting Social Security disability benefits for neuropathy. According to the SSA Blue Book, you must have a significant, persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities. This condition must be true even if you’re being treated by a doctor for your condition to be eligible to get Social Security disability benefits for neuropathy.
The SSA’s Disability Determination Services (DDS) office will then examine your medical evidence and claim documentation. This state-level review determines whether your neuropathy condition prevents you from working full-time at least 12 months. If the DDS concludes your condition significantly affects your work ability, they may award you monthly SSD payments.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Having an experienced Social Security attorney file your claim doubles your chances of winning benefits the first time you apply. A disability advocate can help you file your initial claim, gather all medical documentation and handle your appeal, if needed. Disability advocates work on a contingency basis, meaning you pay $0 for legal assistance if you don’t win benefits. And if you do win, then you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee.
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