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Neuropathy is a condition characterized by damage to a nerve or a group of nerves. This damage results in a loss of sensation, movement, and overall function of the affected extremity. Injuries and diabetes are usually responsible for neuropathy; swelling and inflammation often put pressure on nerves, resulting in damage. Symptoms, aside from the loss of sensation, include pain, burning, paralysis, and weakness. The illness can affect any part of the body.
The loss of sensation, and control, of extremities can make even the most mundane activities difficult for the sufferer of neuropathy.
Neuropathy and Social Security Disability Benefits
If the applicant’s impairment falls within any of the following categories set forth by Social Security’s Listing 11.14, then a strong claim may exist. The Listing is as follows;
11.14 Peripheral neuropathies. With disorganization of motor function as described in 11.04B, in spite of prescribed treatment.
11.04 B. Significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities, resulting in sustained disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or gait and station (see 11.00C).
Individuals who are suffering from neuropathy often have difficulty walking/standing because of the loss of motor function. They have little to no coordination, which will prevent them from performing tasks involving operating machinery, or even simply carrying a box from one end of an office to another. Also, injuries suffered can go unnoticed due to the lack of sensation in the affected area, and that can cause further complications, such as infection.
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