Listing of Impairments – Social Security Benefits and Vertigo | Brandon Social Security Disability Attorney

U-2’s song “Vertigo” doesn’t even do justice to the symptoms of vertigo. We all take our balance for granted. Just the simple act of moving your head or standing up can cause profound problems that impact your ability to work.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes vertigo, including Meniere’s disease, as listed conditions under Section 2 Listing of Impairments. You might be eligible for Social Security disability benefits for vertigo.

Disturbance of balance causes a loss of your position sense and a sensation of dizziness that can be constant or can occur in attacks. Nausea, vomiting, ataxia (problems with the way you walk) and an inablity to function are seen in an acute attack. A great resource for understanding this condition is found at

You must prove that you have a vestibular disorder with a comprehensive neuro-otolaryngologic examination with a detailed account of your attacks, with information about how often you have attacks, the severity and length of your attacks.

I suggest you keep a diary outlining that information so you can give it to your doctor and to Social Security when you file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits.

You must have pure tone and speech audiometry with Bekesy audiometry. Your vestibular function must be tested with positional and caloric testing by electronystagmography.

If you have had polytomograms, contrast radiography, x-rays, CAT exams or MRI, myelography and radionuclear bone scans those test results must be submitted.

There is a residual functional capacity form for these disorders which your attorney will submit to your treating doctor for completion. I think it is helpful if your doctor has your diary of when your attacks occur, what causes you to have an attack, how severe the attack is, how long the attack lasts, how it wipes you out and how you feel after an attack. If you have constant problems, outline the problems you have functioning, problems with positioning and acute attacks.

A claim for Social Security Disability Benefits for vertigo or disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function can be won if the evidence is well-developed. For assistance contact St. Petersburg social security disability lawyer, Nancy Cavey by clicking here or by calling 727-897-9117.

Click here to view the listing for vertigo.