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Multiple sclerosis and Social Security Disability

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Social security disability benefits may be available for those who are unable to work. Certain requirements are necessary to get these benefits. There are a number of disabilities and disorders that meet these requirements. One such disorder is multiple sclerosis.

What is multiple sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a serious degenerative disorder that damages the material surrounding nerve fibers found in both the brain and the spinal cord. This damage can make it difficult to control one’s muscles.

Can I get SSD if I have MS? In short, yes, those with MS can often qualify for SSD.

Unfortunately, the reality of putting together a successful application for the benefits is not always as easy as it should be. As a result, it is best for those who have MS to know more about the SSD process to better ensure a successful application.

How is the determination to approve or deny an application for benefits made? The Social Security Administration (SSA) notes that various factors will be reviewed when making a determination to provide benefits.

One such factor when reviewing an application for an applicant with MS involves analysis of the signs and symptoms of the disorder. This includes a review of coordination, dizziness and other symptoms. A review of the impact of the disorder on gross and fine motor skills is also taken into consideration. Other, secondary symptoms may be considered as well. This could include both physical and mental fatigue and difficulty sleeping as well as depression.

The disorder is then generally categorized as either an extreme or marked limitation. This classification will impact the extent of benefits granted.

How can I better ensure my application for benefits is successful? Navigating the requirements for a successful application can be complex. As a result, it is generally wise to seek legal counsel. An attorney can help explain the process and offer tips to better ensure your application is approved.

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