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Carpal tunnel syndrome may qualify for SSA disability

Those who work in an office every day year in, year out may know the feeling: numbness, tingling and eventually burning in the hands and wrist that seems to get worse over time. This is likely carpal tunnel syndrome, something that impacts as many as 11 million Americans each year.

While this is not something listed by the Social Security Administration as an impairment, severe cases of carpal tunnel can be fought and won. It will be essential for the sufferer to have medical records from doctor visits that show how severe their carpal tunnel is. This will go a long way toward explaining to the SSA judge just how much the ailment is affecting you at work.

For those who want to avoid suffering from carpal tunnel, Business Management Daily Gave some tips as to how to help avoid suffering.

First, you should always type with your wrists and elbows in a straight line and your arms parallel to help avoid carpal pressure. Second, be sure to take the time to stretch your wrists before you start typing and intermittently during typing sessions. Always look to give your wrists necessary breaks and be sure to listen to your pain; fighting through it will only make things worse.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates has successfully represented numerous clients suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome over the past 30 years. This ailment can seriously interfere with a person’s ability to perform many work activities due to limitation of the use of the hands, not to mention severe pain.

Supportive medical findings from testing such as an EEG and clinical examination by the claimant’s doctors are vital to proving the debilitating effect of carpal tunnel syndrome.


Number of people suffering from anxiety on the rise

Everyone occasionally experiences feelings of anxiety. Whether you have money problems, a tough home life or negative feelings about work that creep into every aspect of your day, suffering from anxiety and panic attacks is never fun. If panic or anxiety attacks ever come to a point where they affect your everyday life, you can apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone. Unfortunately, this is a problem that seems to be on the rise over the past few years. In fact, the Mental Health Foundation said the number of women who suffer with anxiety issues has nearly doubled over the past five years. According to MHF, while 12 percent of women said they felt anxious in 2009, 22 percent said they “feel anxious a lot of the time” in 2014.

“Women often are the ones who juggle the family finances and try to make ends meet in hard times,” said Jenny Edwards, of the Mental Health Foundation. “We know women often put themselves last when they have to cut back on life’s little luxuries, or even essentials.”

Beth Murphy, head of information at mental health charity Mind, told The Telegraph that anxiety may seem less serious due to its use as a feeling of worry, those who suffer from anxiety disorders experience more problems than just everyday worries. In fact, those who suffer from panic attacks have an overriding sense of terror, impending doom or death that goes along with breathing trouble, a feeling of lost control and chest pains. This can be absolutely debilitating for the sufferer.

Anxiety symptoms can be very debilitating. They may cause an individual to be unable to perform competitive employment. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates have successfully represented numerous clients affected by anxiety.

Like all claims for disability before the SSA, it is critical that the claimant seek medical treatment  regularly for their condition. Medical evidence documenting symptoms, as well as their functional limitations, will enable a client to be more readily approved for benefits by the SSA.

Q&A: Disability benefits may be approved more quickly with an attorney

The Social Security Administration’s disability benefit system is currently heavily backlogged. Simply applying and hoping to attain benefits may leave many claimants in limbo for months, if not longer.

While hiring an attorney will not guarantee disability benefits, Harold Conick of the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates has been helping people get benefits for more than 30 years and knows his way around the system. We asked Mr. Conick a few questions about how hiring an attorney could help an applicant get their benefits quickly.

Q: How slow is the SSA’s process without an attorney?

Conick: It’s probably the same process, there’s really no distinction. But where the attorney adds value is the ability to narrow the issues concerning what is keeping the claimant from working and supplying evidence to support that. This might help to speed things up. We can also write memorandums requesting an early decision citing significant medical evidence on disability law applicable to medical evidence.

Regular people just aren’t going to know to do that. They’ll fill out the forms, they’ll answer the questions on the forms, but that may not be enough to get them benefits quickly.

Q: What do you do as counsel to make things easier and better for applicants?

Conick: Direct them to treating medical sources so they can get additional opinions to support their claim for disability. I also suggest that hey see a specialist to give reports on their condition that might be supportive of disability claims. We may get an expert to give an opinion; it might even be their own treating physician. Doctors don’t always give you the evidence that you need on your own. Sometimes you have to ask questions of them to get what the court wants.

Q: What can a client expect when working with you?

Conick: Zealous advocacy. Through preparation. Expeditious processing of their claim.

Q: Does approval come easier with counsel?

Conick: It has been shown through statistics kept by SSA that claimants have a better chance of prevailing with a lawyer rather than on their own. Preparing the evidence, trying to gather all the evidence and presenting it in a way that supports their case is what we’re supposed to be doing as lawyers.

Q: With or without an attorney, there will likely be a wait for benefits due to the backlog. What can people do for money?

Conick: That’s a problem. Hopefully their family supports them. They can end up using their resources up, including credit and savings. Sometimes they get unemployment, sometimes they have a pension. But if they’re on their own. there’s no help from the government usually. It does definitely interfere with the ability of the person to wait for the benefits It’s a catch-22; they can’t work but they’ve run out of resources. The backlog is hard on them.

Q: Anything else to know?

Conick: Once somebody gets to the point of the hearing, it takes the judge about 30 to 60 days to make a decision. There then may be appeals after that depending on how it goes. It could potentially go all the way to federal court.