Top 10 Overlooked Compensable Disabilities
1. Erectile Dysfunction – Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability of a man to have an erection hard enough to have
sexual intercourse. It can also be known as impotence. It is not unusual for this to happen to a man on occasion, but frequent
ED can be a sign of a bigger medical problem that needs attention. ED can also lead to complications in a man’s life
all on its own.
2. Agoraphobia – The essential feature of Agoraphobia is anxiety about
being in (or anticipating) situations from which escape might be difficult or in which help may not be available in the event
of having a Panic Attack (or panic-like symptoms). Oftentimes, when in this situation, an individual may have the vague
thought that something dreadful may happen. Such concerns must persist for at least 6 months and occur virtually every time
an individual encounters the place or situation (especially those that remind a veteran of battle situations).
Agoraphobic fears typically involve characteristic
clusters of situations that include being outside the home alone; being in a crowd or standing in a line; being on a
bridge; and traveling in a bus, train, or automobile.
More specifically, the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5 requires that an individual experiences intense
fear in response to (or when anticipating entering) at least 2 of the following 5 situations:
1) using public transportation, such as automobiles, buses, trains,
ships, or planes
2) being in
open spaces, such as parking lots, marketplaces, or bridges
3) being in enclosed spaces, such as shops, theaters, or cinemas
4) standing in line or being in a crowd
5) being outside of the home alone
A person who experiences agoraphobia avoids such situations (e.g., travel is restricted;
the person changes daily routines) or else they are endured with significant distress. For example, people with agoraphobia
often require the presence of a companion, such as a family member, partner, or friend, to confront the situation.
3. Keloids – A scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin. It is irregularly shaped, usually
pink to red in color, tends to enlarge progressively, and may be harder than the surrounding skin. Keloids are a response
to trauma, such as a cut to the skin. In creating a normal scar, connective tissue
in the skin is repaired by the formation of collagen. Keloids arise when extra collagen forms.
4. Sexually Transmitted Diseases – (Click here for update)
5. Pseudofolliculitis Barbae – a common condition of
the beard area occurring in men and other people with curly hair. The problem results when highly curved hairs grow back into
the skin causing inflammation and a foreign body reaction. Over time, this can cause scarring which looks like hard bumps
of the beard area and neck.
Plantar Fasciitis – Plantar
fasciitis is the pain caused by inflammation of the insertion of the plantar fascia on the medial process of the calcaneal
tuberosity. The pain may be substantial, resulting in the alteration of daily activities. Various terms have been used to
describe plantar fasciitis, including jogger’s heel, tennis heel, policeman’s heel, and even gonorrheal heel.
Although a misnomer, this condition is sometimes referred to as heel spurs by the general public.