Multiple sclerosis is a severe and debilitating disease growing in the United States. The disease primarily targets aging adults but is known to strike people of much younger ages. This disease is one that can disable a person permanently and leave their family in emotional and financial agony. Having an attorney that is familiar with the medical claims surrounding multiple sclerosis and the Social Security Disability law is paramount if you deserve compensation. SSDI claims can seem daunting and often are for sufferers without legal representation. Let me guide you through some of the process and help you determine if you need to call for a consultation.
How Social Security Describes Multiple Sclerosis
The Social Security Administration takes multiple sclerosis seriously, and has it listed in its index of neurological diseases. To determine the level of inability of people to function with the disease, the SSA has listed several major factors of its effects. It aims to determine if the patient has “paresis or paralysis, tremor or other involuntary movements, ataxia and sensory disturbances” that could prevent them from working.
Major Terms When Dealing with MS
Motor Fatigue: Severe fatigue due to the disease that prevents regular motor function. One of the most common symptoms of MS. This could include severe inability to practically use major muscles.
Multiple Sclerosis Statistics
The growth of MS diagnoses is alarming. More adults are facing this debilitating disease even as health care systems are becoming more burdened. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2.3 million Americans are afflicted with this disease. Furthermore, there are cases yet to be properly diagnosed.
For far too many, Multiple Sclerosis causes paralysis. For a minority, it can even shorten lifespan or directly cause death. No matter what the circumstance, MS is a serious issue that must be properly considered. If it causes disability, you should not be working.
Determining if You Qualify for Social Security Disability for MS
If you or a loved one has been seeing more symptoms of a diagnosed case of MS, you may be eligible for a disability claim. As an experienced attorney, I have the knowledge of the steps needed to determine if this is the case. I will review your complete medical history, every sign of paralysis, and a picture of future pain and suffering. I compare your current case with the Social Security Administration’s rules regarding this disease and if you qualify.
Below, I list some of the factors that could affect a claim. There are many moving parts that are vital to consider, including the type of job that you have, your current state of mobility, and age.
SSA Regulations and Your Case
SSA listing 11.00 is not precise and case-by-case, but you can see the recommendations that are taken into consideration to determine your state of disability. Below are the listings:
A. Disorganization of motor function as described in 11.04B; or
B. Visual or mental impairment as described under the criteria in 2.02, 2.03, 2.04, or 12.02; or
C. 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 by the multiple sclerosis process.
These are just general ideas, not taking into the case your personal pain and the longer history of the disease in your life. When put in tandem, a skilled attorney can assist in determining why you should receive Social Security Disability assistance.
How You Can Help Yourself Win an MS Claim
Following the advice of your doctor is the first line of defense. Your doctor has your complete medical record and has inspected how the disease affects you in particular. The exercise regimen suggested by your doctor can be vital in avoiding many of the advanced effects of the disease and keeping muscle strength. The specialized drugs prescribed have also allowed recent victims of the disease more time and ability to forestall the more severe problems associated with the diagnosis.
About the Author
Anthony Castelli has 32 years experience and has won hundreds of disability applications for his clients. He offers a free consultation . And if he decides to take your case his fee comes out of your award.