Chemical Sensitivity and Environmental Illness in Social Security Disability
Modern medicine appears to be only now recognizing that some Social Security disability claimants may be suffering from illnesses related to chemical sensitivities. The courts have not welcomed the new diagnosis and appear to be applying a strict standard in terms of objective proof of such conditions. The following listing of Social Security disability decisions includes the latest cases on chemical sensitivity diagnoses and a survey of some of the older cases discussing the need for a vocational expert in the face of environmental limitations. The cases were combined into one topic to suggest that you approach your case using both perspectives.
Attempt to obtain as much objective evidence as possible regarding the severity of your environmental limitations. Your disability attorney should argue that your limitations constitute a significant nonexertional impairment precluding mechanical application of the Grids and requiring vocational expert testimony to determine the impact of the environmental limitation or chemical sensitivity on your ability to perform other work.