People in California diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease may apply for Social Security Disability if the condition prevents them from working for a living. As a neurological disorder, this condition interferes with communication between the hands, feet and limbs and the brain. People will experience loss of sensation and muscle mass and strength. The numbness and weakness may even alter the shape of a sufferer’s feet.
Although the Social Security Administration does not specifically list the condition as an impairment, the agency does include it under neurological impairments. A disability examiner will want to see valid medical records that show the diagnosis and the effects of the disease. Documentation from a nerve conduction study, muscle biopsy or genetic testing may suffice to prove the presence of the disorder.
However, for a disability application to succeed, the applicant must provide evidence that the condition limits their ability to engage in gainful employment. A diagnosis alone does not warrant approval for benefits. An applicant’s work history will need to show that the impairment has made the continuance of previous jobs impossible. Additionally, the agency will examine whether or not the applicant can transfer job skills to a new line of work that the medical condition would not limit. When both previous and future employment appear unlikely, the agency may grant benefits on the basis of a medical vocational allowance.
Many applicants experience rejection when they apply for Social Security Disability. For this reason, a person might ask an attorney for help. An attorney may possess knowledge of impairment listings and ensure that an application cites the medical problem accurately. Legal support might also help someone appeal an initial denial and continue to seek benefits on the basis that gainful work is no longer realistic for the person.