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Your diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and disability benefits

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North Carolina readers are aware of their right to certain types of financial support in the event that a medical condition takes their ability to work. Individuals who can no longer work due to a disabling medical condition could have a rightful claim to either Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance.

Receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can change your life. It can affect virtually everything, including your ability to hold gainful employment. If you are currently struggling with the symptoms and impact of your illness and cannot work, you would be wise to explore how you may be able to apply for these types of benefits through SSI or SSDI.

How do I know if I qualify?

Simply having a diagnosis of a serious medical condition is not enough to automatically qualify you for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration holds a strict view of disability, and there are certain requirements needed to apply. Some of these may include:

  • A valid medical condition
  • The inability to work for at least 12 months
  • Medical evidence and documentation

Many people live with multiple sclerosis and are able to work, but the way your disease will impact your life depends on your individual situation. Some of ways that your sickness could eventually get in the way of your ability to hold a job include:

  • Continued dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Weakness
  • Bladder issues
  • Difficulty with vision
  • Cognitive issues
  • Depression and emotional problems
  • Problems walking

It is possible you may be able to continue with your job with certain accommodations and assistance. However, as your disease progresses, that may not be an option for you.

It can be disheartening and overwhelming to learn that you can no longer work. This is a threat to your financial well-being, but with these benefits, you can have security as you treat your symptoms and manage your sickness.

Where do I begin?

It’s often frustrating to walk through the claims process to try and secure disability benefits. The paperwork can be confusing, and there is specific documentation you will have to include as part of your application process. Many applicants seeking benefits for multiple sclerosis find it beneficial to seek guidance as they walk through this process.

Many first-time claims come back denied, but this is not the end of the road for you. It may be helpful to seek a complete evaluation of your case in order to learn about what to expect and how you can effectively fight for the disability benefits you deserve.

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