Qualifying for MS Social Security Disability
Individuals suffering from MS and who are unable to work can apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSA rules allow for an award of benefits to claimants with symptoms and restrictions which may include:
- Disorganization of motor function as described in SSA of Listing Impairment 11.04B;
- Visual or mental impairment as described under the criteria in 2.02, 2.03, 2.04, or 12.02;
- Significant, reproducible fatigue of motor function with substantial muscle weakness on repetitive activity, demonstrated on physical examination, resulting from neurological dysfunction in areas of the central nervous system known to be pathologically involved in the multiple sclerosis process.
Those suffering from multiple sclerosis may also experience repeated and unpredictable exacerbated symptoms, often called ‘flare ups’. Flare ups may occur between intervals of days, weeks, months, or even years. However once they occur, the symptoms for many clients prove to be debilitating. Such symptoms range from:
- Balance issues
- Chronic pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Other symptoms.
Claimants can also suffer from ongoing symptoms of MS which may interfere with or prevent them from working.
Applying for MS Social Security Disability
In order to qualify for MS Social Security Disability benefits, it is important to receive an official diagnosis of multiple sclerosis from your physician. Receiving consultation and treatment from a neurologist is also important. Medical records and physician reports act as evidence in disability claims.
If advised by your physician, you may want to consider getting an MRI. Besides documenting the progression and treatment efforts of the disease, an MRI is often used to indicate the amount of lesions in the brain and spine and shows active disease progression.
Legal Representation for Your MS Disability Claim
At Andalman & Flynn, we will work with you and your doctor(s) to gather medical evidence and reports and put forth the strongest application for benefits possible. We have had great results in assisting our clients who suffer from multiple sclerosis in getting Social Security Disability benefits.
Our experienced disability legal team can provide you with the representation you need as you seek out MS Social Security Disability benefits, as well as other disability insurance and/or retirement benefits. If we can be of assistance to you, please call us at (301) 563-6685 or toll-free at (888) 558-7871. You can also complete an online contact form on our website, and we’ll get back to you for a consultation concerning your situation.
We have significant experience representing clients seeking disability benefits. For more information and how you may be impacted, contact one of our Disability Benefits attorneys, Elliott Andalman and Peter Casciano.