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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Disability
Has your claim for carpal tunnel syndrome disability been denied? As disability attorneys, Marc Whitehead & Associates has helped thousands of citizens and veterans nationwide reverse denials by insurance companies and government disability programs for this condition.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a painful impairment of the wrist, hand and fingers. It is caused by pressure on the median nerve that passes through the narrow tunnel of ligaments and carpal bones. The median nerve receives sensations from the thumb and fingers and controls movement of the fingers and thumb.
Symptoms of CTS include intense sensations of tingling, radiating pain, weakness, numbness, or burning. Carpal tunnel syndrome disability can have serious effects on one’s ability to work and perform daily activities, even the simplest of tasks.
Any disorder exerting pressure on the median nerve in the wrist area can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Common causes include trauma, thyroid disorders, arthritis and diabetes, as well as repetitive hand, wrist and finger flexing motions over long periods.
Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome a Disability under Social Security?
The short answer is, yes. However, some clarification is important. The Social Security Administration (SSA) lists disabling conditions in their official Listing of Impairments manual. The manual, also called the Blue Book, defines for claimants and health professionals the criteria under which a person may qualify for disability benefits.
Currently, the Blue Book does not have an individual listing for several prominent disabling conditions. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of them.
Because carpal tunnel is not listed, many assume that the SSA does not consider the condition to be disabling, in and of itself. However, by no means does this imply that your carpal tunnel injury is not severe enough to prevent you from working to earn a living and thus be eligible for Social Security benefits.
Severe carpal tunnel syndrome disability can make it impossible to perform any work requiring manual dexterity, repetitive hand and finger motions, reaching, and grip strength. In evaluating your disability claim, the SSA will examine medical evidence of limitations on your ability to use and move your wrists, hands and fingers, whether the problem occurs in one or both wrists, the degree and progression of pain, and the evidence of other symptoms. They will look closely at the degree and effectiveness of any medical treatment.
Many who file claims for disability for carpal tunnel have other disabling conditions. Having more than one disabling condition increases SSA’s assessment of functional loss, and therefore may enhance the assessment of disability.
Unfairly denied claims for carpal tunnel syndrome disability deserve representation from a Social Security attorney who is Board Certified in Social Security disability law. A highly skilled lawyer can make a significant difference in the outcome by satisfying very specific legal standards, and enforcing the necessary documentation, phrasing and terminology. Marc Whitehead & Associates are Social Security professionals who will work closely with your medical team and the SSA to present a meticulous, powerful case to appeal your denied claim and win the compensation you deserve.
Veterans Claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Disability
Are you a Veteran who has been denied VA disability benefits for carpal tunnel syndrome? Sadly, it is normal to get a denial on your claim, especially the first time around. Once you get the initial denial from the regional office, you are allowed the right to have an attorney represent you.
The VA evaluates your symptoms against the criteria stated in the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. They will examine the composite picture in your carpal tunnel syndrome disability case, considering all potentially applicable diagnostic codes.
Your VA disability ratings are determined by evaluating the extent to which a service-connected disability adversely affects your ability to function under normal conditions of daily life, including your ability to work. Evaluations for CTS factor in range of motion ratings such as the impaired ability to execute skilled movements, disturbance of locomotion, as well as other ratings, including pain.
There are several levels of appeal in the VA disability claims process. In order to prevail over the VA and win your appeal, you should be represented by an attorney who is experienced in Veterans disability benefits law, has experience representing Veterans with CTS, and has a proven track record at the Veterans Court.
If you are in need of VA Disability benefits and your claim was denied, we encourage you to talk with our Accredited Veterans Claim attorneys. We will help you every step of the way.
Claiming Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Disability on a LTD Insurance Policy
Has an insurance company denied your claim for carpal tunnel syndrome disability? Marc Whitehead & Associates aggressively represents claimants who are diagnosed with carpal tunnel to fight back against big insurance. We have helped many people gain their rightful disability benefits, and we can help you.
Insurance companies routinely challenge diagnoses of carpal tunnel syndrome disability. Insurers can be very convincing to unsuspecting policyholders. Marc Whitehead & Associates has been dealing with insurance companies since 1992, and we know what it takes to prove your claim, overturn their denial, and win your rightful benefits.
Disability cases have been won and lost depending on the quality of the appeal. Selecting the right attorney for your disability insurance claim is the most important decision you can make. When you need to challenge an insurance company in a LTD disability insurance coverage dispute, Marc Whitehead & Associates can give you a considerable advantage.
Get Help – Contact Our Disability Attorneys
If you are disabled because of severe carpal tunnel syndrome and you claim for disability was denied, you have the right to appeal.
Time is a critical factor in appeals. Please call our attorneys toll free at 800-562-9830 or ask a question to a lawyer about your carpal tunnel syndrome disability case now.