A North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyer on Peripheral Vascular Disease
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Peripheral vascular disease, or PVD, is a term used for a variety of conditions caused when the arteries or veins carrying blood to or from the arms or legs become clogged. The Social Security Administration, or SSA, recognizes PVD in its medical listing of impairments manual, but a North Carolina Social Security disability lawyer will explain that the SSA looks more to the impact PVD has on the individual’s ability to do the work previously performed.
Symptoms of PVD
Typically more prevalent in the legs than arms, the most common symptom is leg pain while walking or other forms of exertion, which subsides while resting. In advanced stage of PVD, the sufferer:
- May experience severe pain;
- May experience pain even while at rest; and
- May experience tissue decay.
Past Work Experience
A North Carolina Social Security disability attorney reports that the most common treatment recommendation as concerns work is to perform sedentary work, which the SSA considers to entail:
- Sit six hours out of an eight-hour shift;
- Walk and/or stand no more than two hours out of an eight-hour shift; and
- Lift no more than 10 pounds at a time.
The issue is then whether the claimant perform sedentary jobs before. If the answer is no, the SSA will evaluate whether or not the claimant, given his or her skills, education and age, can do other equivalent work that is sedentary. Generally, a North Carolina Social Security disability lawyer will tell you the SSA finds older claimants less able to transition into different jobs.