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Should multiple disabilities within a claim be dealt with individually or as a whole?

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Published on LexisPSL on 08/09/2017

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  • Should multiple disabilities within a claim be dealt with individually or as a whole?

A person has a disability if they have any physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

The Secretary of State has issued guidance on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability. The guidance states (in relation to the cumulative effects of an impairment):

‘A person may have more than one impairment, any one of which alone would not have a substantial effect. In such a case, account should be taken of whether the impairments together have a substantial effect overall on the person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. For example, a minor impairment which affects physical co-ordination and an irreversible but minor injury to a leg which affects mobility, when taken together

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