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Can you win a disability claim and be awarded benefits based on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a musculoskeletal condition and it would be included in section 1.00 of the adult SSA bluebook listings...if there were a listing for this condition.
What is the bluebook? The bluebook is the impairment listing manual used by disability examiners and judges to award benefits through Social Security Disability and SSI for specific medical conditions, either physical or mental, based on very specific and often detailed medical criteria.
Not every condition is included in the listings. Carpal Tunnel is one of those conditions that is not given a listing. Why this is the case is unclear. As section 1.00 states "Impairments may result from infectious, inflammatory, or degenerative processes". Obviously, carpal tunnel is a condition resulting from repetitive stress that usually involves significant pain and inflammation.
Note: for those who are curious, this section of the listings book does include individual listings that address the following: soft tissue injuries, certain fractures, disorders of the spine, major joint dysfucnction due to any cause, and reconstructive surgery or surgical arthrodesis of a major weight-bearing joint.
Getting disability based on carpal tunnel syndrome
Without the existence of a listing, can you win a disability case and get disability benefits for carpal tunnel?
The answer is yes. As there is no listing to qualify under, a claim that is solely based on CTS would need to be won via a medical vocational allowance, the type of approval that is made in most approved cases. This is where the determination is made that a person is so affected by their condition that they can no longer do their past work and cannot do any other type of work as well.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
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If you are Denied for Disability, Should you File a new Application or File an Appeal of the Denial?
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Is Carpal Tunnel a disability for SSD and SSI claims?
Can you get disability for carpal tunnel?
Will you get disability for carpal tunnel the first time you apply?
How to qualify for disability with carpal tunnel
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Filing for Disability
Will Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and arthritis in my hands qualify for disability?
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
Disability qualifications - Who will qualify is based on functional limitations
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to file for disability and the information needed by Social Security
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI? Part I
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
How long does it take to get disability?
Filing a disability application in Texas