“Neuropathy” is a broad term that describes a malfunction in someone’s central nervous system. While it can affect almost any part of the body, most sufferers experience some form of peripheral neuropathy in their hands, fingers, feet and toes.

Can that be disabling? Absolutely. Some of the symptoms of neuropathy include:

  • Tremor
  • Poor coordination
  • Difficulty with fine motor tasks
  • Involuntary movements
  • Paralysis
  • Difficulty walking
  • Problems standing
  • Chronic pain

Social Security recognizes that peripheral neuropathy can be disabling in at least two different sections of it’s Blue Book, or Listing of Impairments. Section 9.08 discusses neuropathy in terms of how it generally affects people with endocrine disorders, like diabetes. Section 11.14 discusses peripheral neuropathy in terms of neurological disorders, such as lupus and spinal cord injuries, both of which can lead to problems with the nervous system.

When filing for SSD due to peripheral neuropathy, you need to paint SSA a clear picture of exactly how your condition limits you. For example, if you work in manufacturing or as a craftsman, your condition might make it impossible for you to manage the fine motor skills necessary to do your work. Even if you primarily work in an office, peripheral neuropathy can make ordinary tasks like typing, writing and filing almost impossible on a consistent basis.

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are hard to acquire. It’s always important to list each condition that you have as if it were its own separate problem because you can’t assume that the disability examiner will understand exactly what your limitations are, otherwise. If you’ve had a difficult time getting your Social Security Disability claim approved, it may be time to seek legal assistance.


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