How Severe Does My Neuropathy Have to Be To Get Disability Benefits?

There are hundreds of different medical conditions that qualify for disability benefits, but applicants must remember that their condition must be severe to qualify for disability. If you are a dealing with a medical condition that has kept you out of work, you may qualify. Here is a closer look at qualifying for disability benefits with neuropathy.

Blue Book Listing For Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be disabling. It can cause numbness, pain, and affect mobility. There are Blue Book listings that apply to neuropathy, and each has specific medical criteria that must be met to qualify per that specific listing.

Section 11.14 covers peripheral neuropathy. To qualify per this listing, you must show your neuropathy leads to one of the following –
Disorganization of motor function in two extremities, which results in an extreme limitation in the ability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing or walking, or use the upper extremities.


Marked limitation in one of the following:

  • Understanding, remembering, or applying information
  • Interacting with others
  • Concentrating, persisting, or maintaining pace
  • Adapting or managing oneself

If you have severe neuropathy and believe you will be unable to work for at least 12 months and you meet the criteria of the listing while also meeting the other criteria to qualify for disability benefits, your claim may be approved.

How Severe Does My Neuropathy Have to Be To Get Disability Benefits?

Applying For Disability Benefits

About two-thirds of initial applications are denied. There are many reasons for claims being denied, but some of the more common reasons include:

  • Technical problems with the application
  • Disqualification based on the medical information
  • Insufficient work history for SSDI benefits
  • Not meeting the financial criteria for SSI benefits

Working with an attorney can help you understand the SSA’s designated conditions and related medical requirements for a claim to be approved. Your lawyer can help you determine your status per the SSA guidelines and criteria.

How A Disabling Medical Condition May Affect You and Your Family

Dealing with a medical disability can be challenging for you and your family as well. You can be in a constant state of financial strain, feel excessive stress stemming from your disability and the financial pressure it may impose, be unable to do seemingly routine or basic tasks without the help of others, suffer emotionally and mentally because of your health condition, feel unable to engage in many – if not all – activities that once brought you joy, and fall short in providing the necessary income for your family to thrive and survive.

Get Your Claim on Track

If you are unable to work because of neuropathy, a disability attorney can help you get your claim on the right track. A lawyer may be able to review your medical records and make sure you have everything in order to get your claim approved. Disability lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you will not have to pay anything in advance. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form to share the details of your disability claim for neuropathy today with an independent, participating attorney who subscribes to the website.

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