Welcome to Multiple Sclerosis Disability.com. Here you will find everything you need to know about Social Security Disability claims based on Multiple Sclerosis.
In addition, if you have Multiple Sclerosis and are interested in getting on Social Security Disability, you have the opportunity to get your case reviewed by an experienced Social Security Disability attorney. Just fill out the Free Case Review form found on this website, and a lawyer specializing in Multiple Sclerosis Disability cases will get back with you regarding your options.
Multiple Sclerosis – Disabling Symptoms
Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a debilitating disease of the nervous system which affects a person’s brain and their spinal cord. The myelin sheath, which is the surrounding protective coating of the nerve cells, is damaged by MS and slows down or even blocks messages between the brain and the body. As a result, we see the following as the most common symptoms of the disease:
- Concentration, thinking, and/or memory problems
- Muscle weakness
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Sensations such as feeling “pins and needles” (numbness and prickling)
- Visual disturbances
Interestingly, the causes of Multiple Sclerosis remain unknown. It has been speculated that it may be an autoimmune disease wherein your body begins to attack itself. The disease affects fewer men than women and typically occurs between 20 and 40 years of age. As it stands right now, there is no cure for the disease.
Multiple Sclerosis and Social Security Disability
If you have MS or know someone who does, you are well aware of how disabling this disease can be. In addition to the disabling affects/symptoms of the disease itself, there are other issues that may arise which may further disable someone with MS. For example, the side effects of MS medications may disable you even further. Or you may develop depression secondary to your physical symptoms. When Multiple Sclerosis gets to the point when it interferes with your ability to work, that’s when you might want to consider filing for Social Security Disability (SSDI). You can win a Multiple Sclerosis Disability claim if you can effectively prove that you are unable to work based on your condition.
It is always recommended that you enlist the services of a Social Security Disability attorney, as the application and appeals processes tend to be lengthy and tedious. The qualified and experienced disability lawyer will be able to help you through every step of these stages in your attempt to be awarded SSDI benefits. Remember that the burden of proof where your MS disability is concerned rests on your shoulders, and you need to be aware of certain aspects regarding your condition that the SSA will be looking for.
Remember first and foremost that winning your case depends on proving that your condition has limited your ability to function and perform a variety of tasks. Despite having your MS diagnosed and identified by a physician or other medical specialist, that determination or diagnosis alone will not be enough to win your case. You and your lawyer will have to focus on how your MS symptoms hinder your work ability, and you will have to effectively communicate how your Multiple Sclerosis disability prevents you from working in front of an adjudicator or judge. For these reasons, you can well understand the importance of having a disability attorney fighting for your SSDI benefits.
Multiple Sclerosis Disability Blog
Finally, if you have any questions about Social Security disability based on Multiple Sclerosis, please post a comment on the Multiple Sclerosis Disability Blog which is part of this site.