Connecticut Social Security Physical Disabilities
Find out if you qualify for Social Security due to any physical disabilities with Rosenstein & Howard based in Torrington, Connecticut. Common disabilities such as musculoskeletal injuries and chronic back pain can prevent individuals with a history of physical work activity from sustaining their past employment. Nurses, factory workers, and carpenters, for example, frequently suffer back injuries and degenerative changes of the knees, neck, and shoulders. Once afflicted by a serious injury or debilitating condition, especially after age 50, such individuals can rarely perform their past work on a regular and sustained basis.
SSD Listing of Impairments
Social Security regulations include 14 separate categories of specific physical disabilities. The musculoskeletal category includes fractures of the knees and feet, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, and spinal stenosis. Other categories include Meniere’s disease; peripheral neuropathy; and stroke, to name just a few.
In order to win your Social Security benefits under the relevant SSD/SSI listing, your condition must have the required symptoms set forth within each category. For example, it is not enough to just have low back pain. You will need to present objective clinical testing at hearing, such as MRIs, CT scans, and/or x-rays. Many claimants also win when showing a history of failed back surgeries.
Proving Disability at a Social Security Hearing
It also helps to have a treating physician or specialist render the opinion that you are unable to work due to your disability. Very few cases fall under the listings. However, if you are over age 50 there are other ways to prove disabilities. Rosenstein & Howard are experienced in the courtroom and know how to present convincing medical evidence and arguments at hearing. Most Social Security Disability/SSI cases do end up going to a hearing at one of Social Security’s Offices of Disability Adjudication & Review (ODARs). Prior to your hearing, Attorney Howard will prepare you for the types of questions that you will be asked by the judge in court. Attorney Howard will also have the opportunity at hearing to question you, any relevant third party witnesses, a vocational expert, and sometimes a medical or psychological expert. Rosenstein & Howard represents claimants at Social Security hearing offices in Hartford, Connecticut; New Haven, Connecticut; and Springfield, Massachusetts.
Pain and chronic fatigue are significant factors in most physical impairment cases. A competent attorney can assist in showing you and your doctor how to document such factors and testify about them at a Social Security hearing. Also, negative side effects of prescribed medications can limit a person’s ability to work.
Illnesses such as congestive heart failure and cancer can also be used as a basis of disability. Again, the proper medical testing is required to prove such a claim. Rosenstein & Howard assists claimants in building their medical files so we go into hearing fully equipped to win.
Contact our experienced attorneys in Torrington, Connecticut, to discuss your physical impairment.