Meniere’s Disease: How to Qualify for Social Security Disability
Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, and pressure in the ear. Vertigo is commonly the most severe symptom associated with Meniere’s disease. The attacks of dizziness and imbalance associated with vertigo can often come on suddenly. A person suffering from Meniere’s disease may have a single attack of vertigo, or they may experience several attacks over a period of multiple days. During these attacks, a person may also experience episodes of nausea and vomiting.
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Meniere’s disease is a condition that is specifically listed in Social Security’s Blue Book listings of impairments. In order to be found disabled based on the listing requirements, a claimant must prove that their condition meets or equals the severity level detailed in listing 2.07.
Even if the severity of a claimant’s Meniere’s disease does not meet the requirements of listing 2.07, they can still be found disabled based on the physical and/or mental limitations that condition causes. A person prone to frequent spells of dizziness, nausea, and/or vomiting would be limited in their ability to maintain the physical requirements for full-time employment, especially the ability to maintain a reasonable attendance rate. Further, a person with severe tinnitus (ringing in the ear) would be constantly distracted which would result in a substantial loss of production. These are all factors that may preclude a claimant’s ability to work.
Premier Disability Services, LLC has extensive experience representing claimants who suffer from Meniere’s disease. If you suffer from Meniere’s disease and you are unable to work, please contact our office for a free evaluation of your claim.