Social Security Disability for Musculoskeletal Impairments – A Combination of Medical Conditions

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Multiple medical conditions can suffice to win a Social Security Disability case where there is no one disabling condition that satisfies the "Medically" disabled criteria
Multiple medical conditions can suffice to win a Social Security Disability case where there is no one particular disabling condition that satisfies the Federal “Medically” disabled criteria

If a claimant does not have a single medical condition that satisfies the requirements for Social Security Disability, a combination of impairments can also lead to Federal benefits.

In a recent case the Administrative Law Judge found the claimant’s combination of:

  • Degenerative Disc disease of the spine,
  • Post-Laminectomy syndrome,
  • Chronic Bronchitis,
  • Degenerative Joint Disease, and
  • Obesity

were sufficient to equal the medical listing under section 1.02A “Major Dysfunction of a Joint.”

The Federal judge also found the claimant’s testimony that she could not stand for more than 15 minutes to be credible.

“This evidence would seem to limit her to ‘sedentary work,’ however, her degenerative disc disease and post-laminectomy syndrome probably made sitting for any length of time very painful,” notes Prince William County Social Security lawyer Doug Landau. Furthermore, the medical expert opined that the listing 1.02A was medically equaled.

The claimant was granted Social Security Disability benefits. If you or someone you know is disabled and unable to work, and have questions about qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).