The Kinds of Impairments We Handle

Between them, David Linden and Charles Cottrell have been representing the disabled for more than 40 years. During that time they have assisted individuals with a full spectrum of physical and mental impairments. While each person’s disability and situation is unique, there are general patterns among claims.

Disability claims involve physical impairments and/or mental impairments. Diagnosis or identification of each impairment a claimant has is critical to every claim, as is an understanding of the impact of the individual’s impairments on him or her. That is, it is as important to know how your illness or disease affects you as it is to know what the name of the illness or disease is.

The Social Security Administration has published a Listing of Impairments which itemizes a variety of body systems (musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, skin disorders, mental disorders, neurological disorders, and others) and identifies specific diseases, conditions, and illnesses which can have functionally disabling impairments. One way to establish disability is by proving to SSA that you have one of the Listed impairments and that your condition meets the criteria required by SSA. This is true with cancer, heart problems, lung problems, depression, anxiety, diabetes, kidney failure, bad eyesight, arthritis, and all of the other impairments identified in SSA’s Listings.

Where your condition is not as severe as SSA requires to meet the Listing standards, or is not a condition that is mentioned in SSA’s Listing of Impairments, you still have the opportunity to show that in your case the pain, fatigue, reaction to medications, or other results of the condition or its treatment prevent you from working on a full time, regular and sustained basis. In other words, you can’t work full time because you hurt too much, or you need to take too many rest breaks, or that due to medical problems or treatment you can’t show up for work regularly enough to keep a job, etc.

SSA’s Listing of Impairments does not identify every disability. Notable absences from the Listing include fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis and chronic fatigue syndrome – all of which significantly disable the victim to the extent that in most cases they can be shown to meet SSA’s disability standard.

So, we handle disabling physical and mental conditions of all sorts: blood disorders, pulmonary problems, asthma, cystic fibrosis, back difficulties, blindness, arthritis, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, heart and circulation problems, skin disorders, diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, HIV, hepatitis and other liver diseases, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, peripheral neuropathies, epilepsy, stroke, cancer, and other illnesses, diseases and conditions that can leave the victim unable to work regularly.