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When Your Hands Won’t Work

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: January 23, 2015
Social Security Benefits For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The opposable thumb. The ability to grip and use tools. Our hands are a big part of what makes us unique as human beings. And when you can’t use your hands properly, frankly, you can’t work. Even if you can sit or stand for an entire work day without difficulty, the inability to use your hands to pick things up, handle small parts, or manipulate objects might seriously limit the work you can perform. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes this limitation, and many who are limited in the use of their hands are found to be disabled based on that limitation. If you are suffering a condition or disease that prevents the full use of your hands, speak to an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney about receiving monthly Social Security disability payments.

Many types of medical problems can cause a person to lose the full use of his or her hands, including arthritis, neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and amputation, to name only a few. If you have problems with your hands, Social Security evaluates your ability to work based on your ability to perform the following types of movements:

  • Reaching: extending your hands and arms in any direction
  • Fingering: picking, pinching, or performing other detailed movements with your fingers
  • Handling: seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or performing other movements that require your whole hand

In any Social Security disability case, good medical records enhance your likelihood of winning your claim. Objective medical tests such as x-rays, MRIs, or nerve conduction studies can help to prove that your symptoms are caused by a medically determinable impairment. Statements from your doctor(s) can also help support your disability claim. In the southern California region, if you are disabled and unable to work because of any condition afflicting your hands, get the help you need to obtain disability benefits and speak as quickly as possible with an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.