Getting Social Security Disability for Peripheral Neuropathy in Richmond, VA
The peripheral nervous system sends information and signals from your brain and spinal cord, also called the central nervous system, to the rest of your body. When one of your peripheral nerves is damaged, you may suffer from peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy can cause weakness, numbness, tingling, and stabbing and burning pain in multiple areas of your body. Usually it affects the hands and feet, which makes jobs that require frequent hand use difficult.
If your condition is so severe that you cannot work full-time, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) for peripheral neuropathy.
Richmond disability attorney and Virginia Beach Social Security disability lawyer Corey Pollard has the knowledge and experience to help you get approved for SSDI benefits or SSI in Virginia. We will help you apply for Social Security disability benefits, obtain your medical records, work with your treating physicians, and do what we can to help you prove that you’re disabled under the Social Security Act. Call or text us now to learn more about how we can help you receive disability benefits for peripheral neuropathy.
Common Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
Many conditions can cause nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy. These medical impairments include:
- Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and necrotizing vasculitis
- Diabetes. Many of those who suffer from diabetes mellitus will develop neuropathy
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Medications, especially those that are used to try to cure cancer through chemotherapy
- Hereditary conditions, including Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
- Infections, including shingles, hepatitis C, Lyme disease, and leprosy.
- Trauma to the nerve, which can happen from a car accident, slip and fall, or other trauma. Persistent nerve pressure can also cause peripheral neuropathy.
- Vitamin deficiencies
Common Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy sufferers often report:
- Numbness and tingling in the feet or hands, which can spread into the legs and arms
- Burning pain
- Sharp, jabbing pain
- Sensitivity to touch
- A cool feeling in the skin
- Decreased coordination
- Muscle weakness
Peripheral neuropathy can also result in depression and anxiety because of the severe pain and symptoms it causes.
How Do I Receive Disability for Peripheral Neuropathy?
Those of you who suffer from peripheral neuropathy that prevent you from working have two different ways to obtain disability benefits.
First, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a listing for peripheral neuropathy in its disability evaluation handbook, which is also called the blue book. If you meet the criteria in the listing for peripheral neuropathy, your Social Security disability claim will be approved.
Social Security Disability Listing 11.14 covers peripheral neuropathy. You will meet the listing if you have:
A. Motor function disorganization in at least two extremities (arms or legs) that results in an extreme limitation in your ability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing still or walking, or use your arms.
B. Marked limitation in your physical functioning and in at least one of the following:
- Understanding and remembering tasks or applying information that you’ve acquired; or
- Interacting with others, such as the general public, coworkers, or supervisors; or
- Concentrating, paying attention for extended periods, or maintaining the pace required to complete tasks; or
- Adapting to change and managing one’s personal needs.
Even if the SSA finds you don’t meet the criteria of the disability listing for peripheral neuropathy, you may still be approved for disability benefits. Many peripheral neuropathy claims are approved not because the claimant meets the listing requirements but because the claimant’s symptoms and limitations related to neuropathy prevent him or her from working.
To prove your disability claim based on peripheral neuropathy you must have supporting documentation. Your medical records and reports must show that you have the condition and have treated for it consistently. This documentation includes your medical records, clinical examination reports, imaging scans, and EEG and nerve conduction studies.
When Corey Pollard serves as your Social Security lawyer he will evaluate your claim, talk to your medical providers, and work to develop evidence of how your peripheral neuropathy affects your coordination, balance, muscle control, ability to walk, stand, or walk, and ability to stay on-task. And if the SSA denies your claim at the initial application and request for reconsideration level, we’ll present your case at a Social Security disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).
Social Security Disability Attorney for Peripheral Neuropathy Claims
Corey Pollard can help you get SSD benefits for peripheral neuropathy. Call now so that we can get started. We represent disabled adults in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Hampton, Chesapeake, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and Roanoke. And remember, there is no fee unless you get approved for monthly benefits and disability back pay.