Los Angeles Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Attorney
By definition, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) “is a median entrapment neuropathy that causes paresthesia, pain, numbness, and other symptoms in the distribution of the median nerve due to its compression at the wrist in the carpal tunnel.”
While little is actually known on the causes of CTS, we do know that it is presented when the median nerve becomes compressed at the wrist in the area known as the carpal tunnel. The syndrome is identified by objective and verifiable symptoms that are usually noticeable in the hands and wrists. CTS symptoms include weakness in the hand, numbness, or tingling in the thumb, fingers, and palm, difficulty moving fingers, difficulty gripping or carrying items, and pain in the arm, wrist, and hand. Treatment can include a splint on the wrist, ergonomic changes to your work environment, and medications. Surgery to cut the ligament pressuring the nerve can be performed if other treatments don’t work, but surgery may not improve symptoms when CTS is caused by a disease like rheumatoid arthritis.
CTS rates are slightly higher among females (as opposed to males) and slightly higher among older workers (over 45 as opposed to under 45).
The presence of unexplained pain coupled with the lack of physical deformity is usually diagnosed as thoracic outlet syndrome or pronator syndrome, not CTS.
CTS is not fully understood. It seems to be a result of both inherited and environmental factors. Although there are several internal causes of CTS, like diabetes and pregnancy, the syndrome can be developed by individuals who perform heavy manual labor and by those who use tools and equipment that vibrate heavily. Repetitive hand and wrist movements like typing are the most common cause of CTS. Other causes are wrist injuries and diseases like arthritis or lupus. No matter what the actual cause, CTS can prevent a person from working on a long term basis, and those who are diagnosed with the condition may be eligible to receive benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) in the form of Social Security Disability (SSD).
A good SSD attorney will help you compile the evidence and testimony you’ll need to win the compensation you deserve. If you suffer from CTS or from any other condition that impairs your ability to work, speak to a good SSD lawyer today. You may already be passing up benefits that are legally yours.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS
Many people that suffer from CTS do qualify for Social Security Disability benefits even though it is not listed in the Social Security handbook as a debilitating condition.
To receive Social Security disability benefits, you must show that you meet the criteria in one of Social Security’s impairment listings, that your symptoms are substantially “equal” to the criteria in one of the impairment listings, or that you are unable to work any job due to your limitations. There is no impairment listing for CTS, but if there is nerve damage, your condition might be considered peripheral neuropathy. When ligaments involved in CTS cause you to lose functional use of your wrists and hands, your condition might be considered under Social Security’s soft tissue injury listing. Alternatively, CTS may be a symptom of a disease that has an impairment listing; listed impairments that may cause CTS include diabetes, arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, and kidney failure.
CTS can sometimes be difficult to demonstrate; you’ll need an experienced SSD lawyer who is familiar with CTS. A good SSD attorney will help you compile the evidence and testimony you’ll need to win the compensation you deserve. If you suffer from CTS or from any other condition that impairs your ability to work, speak to a good SSD lawyer today. You may already be passing up benefits that are legally yours.
Unfortunately, proving a claim is perhaps the hardest part of being approved for benefits, what with the SSA being a notorious denier of applications submitted by those with valid claims. The reason for the denials is primarily due to the number of applications that the agency reviews (the more applications that are reviewed, the more that will be mistakenly denied) and the failure of applicants to properly and completely fill out an SSD benefits application.
Keep in mind that the Social Security Disability system will do everything in their power to prove that you are able to work. You should have the advice of a Social Security Disability lawyer prior to turning in your application for Social Security Disability benefits. Social Security has no problem expecting you to perform sedentary work, even if you require training for the job. Even sedentary work requires a need for manual dexterity and most of the time carpal tunnel sufferers cannot oblige.
A Social Security lawyer can help you win Social Security Disability or SSI benefits just by preparing your case and argument in conjunction with objective medical evidence. A Social Security lawyer can usually speed up the scheduling of your hearing, often without the need of an administrative law judge. The experienced Los Angeles carpal tunnel syndrome attorney will help gather medical records and assist in filling out forms, which also expedites things.
AN EXPERIENCED LOS ANGELES CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME ATTORNEY
If you suffer from CTS, you’ll need to be patient if you expect to receive Social Security disability benefits, and you’ll need help from an experienced Social Security disability attorney. While Social Security usually doesn’t often approve CTS cases initially, applicants frequently win disability benefits on appeal.
Los Angeles carpal tunnel syndrome attorney Tony Adderley and his team of experienced disability benefits advocates can help sufferers of CTS get the compensation that they are entitled to from the SSA. He will help applicants compile evidence in support of their claims and will submit applications on their behalf. If they are denied or have already been denied, Tony Adderley will even be able to help with the appeals process up to and including representation in federal court if the SSA repetitively denies benefits.