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Vertebrobasilar circulatory disorders and Disability Benefits

Vertebrobasilar circulatory disorders are caused when an individual’s blood supply to the back of the brain is disrupted. This condition may be eligible for disability benefits and can be caused by a variety of reasons but the two most common are atherosclerosis and stroke. This condition may also be caused, especially in younger individuals, if there is a tear in the artery wall which causes clogged arteries. One of the most causes for this would be a car accident.

Claimants who are suffering from Vertebrobasilar circulatory disorders can experience a variety of symptoms from the minor to severe including:

• Strokes
• Slurred speech
• Vertigo
• Loss of hearing
• Neck pain
• Numbness and tingling
• Lack of coordination
• Blurred or double vision
• Trouble swallowing
• Trouble keeping balance
• Trouble walking
• Headaches
• Difficulty waking someone up from sleep

Winning Social Security Disability Benefits for Vertebrobasilar Circulatory Disorders


Claimant may win Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for disabilities by either “meeting a listing”, which is on the SSA Listing of impairments, or through a medical vocational allowance.

First, let’s discuss meeting a listing. The List of Impairments (informally known as "the Blue Book") was created by the SSA to identify conditions they consider so severe that claimants with these mental health conditions are considered automatically disabled and unable to work. Claimants whose condition “meets or exceeds” a condition on the SSA Listing of Impairments will be considered automatically disabled.

Vertebrobasilar Circulatory Disorders can affect a variety of different organs and body systems. To meet a listing on the SSA Blue Book the SSA will generally evaluate the listing for whichever body part has been affected. For example, if Vertebrobasilar Circulatory Disorders has severely limited your speech or vision the Social Security Administration will evaluate your condition under Section 2.0 Special Senses and Speech.

How do you know if your condition meets a listing? Talk to your doctor or a disability benefits lawyer who understands the SSA Blue Book and who can identify the medical evidence you will need to prove that you meet a listing.

Winning Social Security Disability Benefits for Vertebrobasilar Circulatory Disorders through a Medical Vocational Allowance


Most claimants with Vertebrobasilar Circulatory Disorders will not meet a listing but will have to prove that their condition is so severe that it has left them with too little residual capacity to work.

First, the SSA will evaluate the functional limitations of the claimant (based on evaluating their medical records) and will record this assessment on a residual functional capacity form. The disability examiner attempts to document tasks and work functions that the claimant can and cannot perform. If the SSA examiner determines that the residual functional capacity of the claimant is too restrictive to perform their current job, past work or retrain for other types of work, they will approve disability benefits.

Claimants whose condition is not severe enough to meet a listing will have a more difficult time winning SSDI or SSI benefits. It is important that their medical files include specific information about work functions that they cannot perform.

• Does the condition limit the claimant's ability to stand, sit or walk?
• Does the claimant have difficulty carrying, pushing or pulling weight?
• Does the claimant need frequent breaks from work?
• Does the claimant have to see a doctor frequently?

With enough information a claimant may be able to prove that they do not have the residual functional capacity to work and qualify for  disability benefits.