Can’t Work Because Of A Repetitive Stress Injury?
Debilitating injuries are not always visible, even with the use of X-rays or other advanced technology. A repetitive stress injury (RSI), such as a torn rotator cuff or carpal tunnel syndrome, often causes severe pain and impaired motor function that make it impossible for individuals to work.
These injuries are real and extremely painful, but they can be difficult to substantiate enough to win a Social Security Disability claim. A successful claim or appeal must generally include a professional opinion that the injury is severe enough to prevent a return to work, or that surgical repair has reduced your capacity to perform basic job tasks.
At the Law Offices of Sharon J. Meyers in Kansas City, Missouri, we understand how to build a strong case around the debilitating impact of repetitive stress injuries.
To be considered a disability, your repetitive stress injury must last for a year or more and prevent you from doing any work, including your previous job or any other job.
Made A Disability Claim But It Was Denied
If your initial disability claim was denied, you will need a medical report from your doctor describing your condition, limitations and residual functional capacity. Specific treatment plans, medical tests, lab tests and imaging results should be part of your medical evidence. You may also need motor function tests to determine the limitations of your abilities.
We assemble all these reports and help you obtain any additional medical information that is necessary to present the strongest case possible. Because your doctor’s support is often critical to winning your case, we communicate directly with him or her and provide the necessary forms that will be reviewed as part of your appeal.
Let Us Help You Understand And Document Your RSIs
RSI is caused by doing repetitive tasks or repetitively being in awkward positions for a sustained amount of time. These injuries affect the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system, and usually result in tissue damage, muscle strain or inflammation. Repetitive stress injuries that affect the upper extremities include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- Tendinitis in the elbow
- Rotator cuff tendinitis
As with other injuries, it is important to SSA officials that you are receiving treatment for your RSI. In some cases of RSI, doctors will prescribe therapy, pain medications or braces. Our knowledgeable attorneys understand this issue and how to gather the medical evidence necessary to support your claim.
Set Up A Free Consultation To Discuss Your Injuries With Us Today
We provide a free consultation in which a Kansas City repetitive stress injury lawyer can answer your questions and recommend the best steps to take. Call 816-787-0942 or email us to schedule an appointment.