For those who work with their hands, injuries to the wrists, arms or hands can be crippling and make it impossible to perform the necessary duties of their jobs. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful, repetitive stress type of injury that affects thousands of people across the country. Thankfully, when Carpal Tunnel Syndrome prevents a person from working, the affected individual can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and obtaining disability
Anyone who suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome knows how painful this condition can be. In general, it’s caused by repetitive tasks that involve bending the wrist(s). Inflammation causes pressure on the median nerve in the wrist, which results in numbness or pain that can sometimes be extreme. Carpal Tunnel can make it difficult to grasp things, and in more serious cases, it can be nearly impossible to use the affected hands.
For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, there is not a specific listing in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book. However, workers who are affected by Carpal Tunnel may qualify for SSDI through a listing for a condition with similar symptoms, like lupus or arthritis. Those seeking disability for Carpal Tunnel or a similar condition should make sure to obtain the necessary medical evidence, like test results and exam notes
Help with applying for SSDI benefits
When the effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are expected to prevent a worker from earning more than $1,000 per month for at least one year, the worker is typically eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Anyone who has questions or needs help in applying for SSD benefits can benefit by speaking with an experienced legal professional. A knowledgeable attorney can examine the situation and help injured workers increase their chances of obtaining the benefits they need.