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The use of one’s hands for work is very important for those alleging inability to perform their jobs due to various medical problems involving their hands. There are several medical conditions which may cause difficulty resulting in inability to  have full and complete use of the hands.  Among them are carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s contraction, arthritis, amputations, fractures, strokes and certain other medical conditions which may affect good use of one’s hands such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. 

The bottom line is whatever the condition one has which significantly affects good use of the hands,  your chances of getting Social Security disability is increased.  Social Security gives great weight to individuals who have limited ability to perform certain hand functions over an 8 hour work day. Specifically, they look for difficulty grasping objects as well  as problems with writing, picking up small objects, pinching, handling tools, getting dressed, and overall difficulty manipulating objects with  hands. 

You will need to provide evidence from your treating doctor regarding your medical condition. Also, it greatly helps to have an attorney familiar with disability cases to assist you in your case.