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Multiple sclerosis and SSD benefits

It can be scary to think about how many illnesses there are and how quickly they can strike an individual. One day, an individual can be living a normal, healthy life, and the next he or she may be diagnosed with a medical condition that could leave him or her permanently disabled. While this swift change in circumstances can certainly cause emotional turmoil, it can also cause financial hardship, particularly when a disability leaves an individual unable to work.

Social Security disability benefits may be available to such individuals, but, in order to recover SSD benefits, they have to prove that they meet federal requirements. This is true for all medical conditions, including multiple sclerosis. In order to have one's multiple sclerosis has disabling, one of three things must be shown. First, a claimant can provide documentation demonstrating a disorganization of motor functions. Second, he or she can attempt to show that he or she suffers from mental or visual impairment.

Third, a claimant can try to prove that he or she suffers from motor function fatigue that causes a significant amount of muscle weakness. This should be demonstrated through physical examination, and the matter must cause neurological dysfunction. Regardless of which prong an individual chooses to approach, he or she must be able to back up his or her claims with medical documentation and strong legal arguments.

Even if an initial claim is denied, a disabled individual can appeal the judgment and seek to reargue the issue. Preparation is key when handling a Social Security disability claim, so those who are considering seeking this form of relief may want to speak with a legal professional who may be able to help them better prepare for the process ahead.

Source: Social Security Administration, "11.00 Neurological - Adult," accessed on Aug. 22, 2016

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