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Is bicuspid aortic valve or carpal tunnel considered a disability?



 
Is bicuspid aortic valve or carpal tunnel considered a disability?

Social Security does not award disability on the basis of having any condition, really. It depends on the extent to which a condition, or conditions (there are usually several conditions listed on a disability claim), limits a person from being able to engage in work activity that provides a substantial and gainful income.

In other words, what functional limitatonis does a person have that reduce the ability to work? What is a functional limitation by the way? The phrase means what you are not able to do any longer because of your medical condition. Limitations can be physical or mental such as impaired ability to lift, carry, stand, sit, bend, hear, smell, concentrate, remember, etcetera. A disability examiner, or Administrative law judge for a hearing, will be paying attention to your medical record evidence to determine 1. how you are limited and 2. how your limitations reduce your ability to work.



So, this is why a disability examiner will usually have to examine a person's work history as well as their medical records. The medical records may help reveal (in this case, as they pertain to bicuspid aortic valve or carpal tunnel syndrome) in which specific ways the person is limited in their ability to do normal daily activities. The work history will give indications of what a person needed to be capable of doing on a daily basis in order to do their past work.

If the functional limitations wipe out the ability to do past work, then the question is "does this individual have the necessary skills and education, given their limitations and age, to switch to some type of other work. If they can't do other work, they may be considered disabled and be awarded benefits.

For more on how the disability decision gets made, See: How the Decision on a Disability Claim is made.

For a more lengthy explanation of how a disability examiner makes a decision on a claim: The Disability Approval Process and how your case gets decided.








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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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