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Those with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease may qualify for disability

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2020 | Social Security Disability |

Those who suffer from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease in West Virginia may be interested in learning if they qualify for disability benefits. The disease is hereditary and affects an estimated 1 out of every 2,500 people. Primary symptoms of the disease include a progressive loss of muscle tissue, muscle spasms and loss of touch sensation.

The extreme pain and muscle deterioration make it difficult for those who suffer from the condition to work. This is why the Social Security Administration considers the disease to be a disability. Though it isn’t listed on its own, the condition is considered a neurological impairment under the peripheral neuropathy category.

Those with the condition who qualify for Social Security Disability benefits must typically have problems with standing from a sitting position, walking, standing for long periods of time and difficulties with using the hands and feet. The SSD benefits application has medical requirements to help prove the disability. Medical records that include a diagnosis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, genetic testing and an objective nerve conduction study may be required by the SSA.

Applicants must typically show that they are not able to perform any of their past duties in their work history and that their work skills are not transferable to careers that they can do with their medical condition. For example, a person who has been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and formerly worked as an electrician may not be able to work in their specialized field with the condition. Their electrician skills might also not transfer to other careers.

Those with disabilities that prevent them from working often struggle with caring for themselves and their family financially. Disability benefits may help. A lawyer who specializes in SSD benefits might file a claim for disability. Filing for SSD benefits, along with the required proof, may help an affected individual receive financial assistance.