Being denied social security disability benefits for your multiple sclerosis can be a frustrating occurrence, as it will force you to enter an appeal stage that can take just as long as the already-lengthy application process. Thankfully, if you have a lawyer that can help you be informed about the documentation and evidence you will need, you should be able to avoid a denial.
In general, there are three major things that must be happening to your body due to MS for you to be considered for social security disability benefits:
Your motor function must be experiencing some sort of disorganization, which is “Significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities, resulting in sustained disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or gait and station.”
A visual or mental impairment that affects your ability to work for an extended period of time.
Physical examinations that lead to doctor’s notes detailing how your MS leads to muscle weakness when performing repetitive activity, or cases of reproducible fatigue of motor functionality.
If your MS is advanced, you will be very likely to receive benefits from the SSA. Essentially, you will simply need to receive the right tests and receive the right documentation from your medical professionals. It is important that you clearly demonstrate that your MS has been affected your day-to-day life for up to a year, or that it is expected to affect you for up to a year from the present day.
After you have proven the extent to which MS limits your ability to work and make an income on your own, you may need to prove your current residential functional capacity to the SSA. This will be important, as the SSA will use this information to determine if you will be able to work while receiving disability or not, among other important issues.
Thankfully, the Jeffrey Buskirk & Associates law firm can help you navigate the SSA to receive the social security disability benefits you need to live successfully while suffering from MS. Our team is dedicated to helping you along every step of your journey, and we understand that physically challenged people may need assistance in gathering documents and submitting them in the proper manner to the SSA. If you want representation from a firm that will do its best to serve your individualized needs, please contact us ASAP to set up a free consultation.