Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system, causing a range of symptoms that can vary from person to person. As the disease progresses, performing daily activities becomes increasingly challenging.
Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits for individuals who cannot work due to a qualifying medical condition, such as MS. However, even those diagnosed with MS must meet certain criteria, and the application process can be challenging.
If you are trying to get benefits for Multiple Sclerosis, a Qualifying for Social Security Disability attorney from Pilzer Klein can help demonstrate that you meet the qualifications.
Is Multiple Sclerosis Recognized as a Disability?
The SSA officially designates Multiple Sclerosis as a disabling condition that can impede an individual’s capacity to engage in gainful activity. The symptoms of this neurodegenerative disorder can include fatigue, muscle weakness, difficulty walking, and coordination and balance issues. Cognitive impairment can also be an issue.
To be eligible for SSDI benefits due to MS, you must satisfy the specific medical criteria delineated by the SSA in their listing for MS within the “Blue Book.” You also must have accrued sufficient work credits from your prior employment history.
The Blue Book serves as the official disability benefit handbook for conditions that qualify individuals for benefits.
Applying for Social Security Disability with a Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis
In order to qualify for disability, you must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the state-run Disability Determination Services (DDS) that your capacity to engage in substantial gainful employment has been significantly impaired. This step is vital whether you are at the beginning of the application process or appealing a previous denial.
DDS will scrutinize the case to ensure compliance with the Blue Book listing for MS.
Even in cases where the claimant can present compelling medical evidence of physical or mental impairment attributed to MS, you must furnish comprehensive information regarding the specific symptoms of the condition, especially how these symptoms affect your day-to-day life.
The Importance of Medical Evidence
Augmenting a neurologist’s diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis with a long-term record of symptoms and limitations documented by a primary care physician bolsters your case for disability benefits.
Medical evidence that strengthens a disability case for MS includes:
- Substantiation of demyelination through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- A lumbar puncture revealing elevated levels of myelin basic proteins in the spinal cord
- Documentation of impaired or disrupted nerve impulses as indicated by evoked potential studies, such as VEP (Visual Evoked Potentials), BAEPs (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials), and SSEPs (Somatosensory Evoked Potentials)
The medical criteria outlined in the Social Security Administration’s impairment handbook, or “Blue Book,” serve as the reference for DDS when determining the eligibility of individuals with MS for Social Security Disability benefits.
How Can a Disability Benefits Lawyer Help?
Applying for Social Security disability benefits for Multiple Sclerosis can be complicated. However, seeking the assistance of an attorney from our firm can streamline every aspect, from determining eligibility to navigating the application process.
Here’s how our dedicated team can support you throughout this journey:
Gathering Comprehensive Medical Evidence
Collecting the necessary medical evidence to support your MS disability claim can feel like an insurmountable task. When you turn to us for assistance, our experienced team will take care of this responsibility for you.
We are here to ensure that all relevant medical records and documentation are obtained accurately and promptly, minimizing the chances of errors in your application and increasing your likelihood of approval.
Evaluating Your Eligibility
If you’re unsure whether you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits following an MS diagnosis, our lawyers can provide clarity. We’ll meticulously review your case, identifying potential issues or discrepancies in your application.
Since disability law is our sole focus, we have a keen eye for spotting any factors that could lead to a denial. Should we identify any concerns, we will work with you to address and rectify them, increasing your chances of receiving the financial support you need for medical treatments and daily living expenses.
Reducing the Financial Burden of Evidence Collection
We understand that facing MS can bring significant financial challenges, especially when you’re dealing with ongoing medical procedures and tests. Collecting or requesting medical records often involves fees that can quickly accumulate, creating additional stress during an already difficult time.
Our team is here to alleviate some of the financial burden associated with your disability application, ensuring you can focus on your health and well-being without unnecessary financial worries. We do this by collecting medical evidence in the most cost-effective way possible. And since we handle cases on contingency, you won’t pay upfront for our services.
Avoiding Mistakes Throughout the Process
When you choose to work with our experienced Social Security disability attorneys, you gain a dedicated advocate who will help you avoid mistakes when applying for disability benefits, making the application and appeals process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Your well-being and securing the benefits you deserve are our top priorities.
Find Out If You Qualify for Benefits
Ready to explore your eligibility for Social Security disability for Multiple Sclerosis? Don’t face this challenging situation alone. Our team of knowledgeable disability lawyers at Pilzer Klein is here to evaluate your case, guide you through the application process, and help you secure the benefits you need.
Take the first step towards financial relief and peace of mind by reaching out to us today. Let’s work together to determine your eligibility and secure the support you need. After an MS diagnosis, you have a lot going on, and we’re here to help you get the financial assistance you need. Contact us today to get started with a free consultation.