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Multiple sclerosis and disability benefits

According to statistics, almost 300,000 people in Virginia and the rest of the United States have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Another 200 cases are being diagnosed every week. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating and progressive neurological disease that can impair a person’s motor function and cause them to experience extreme fatigue, visual disturbances and mental impairment. The Social Security Administration understands the incapacitating effect of multiple sclerosis and has a specific neurological impairment listing for the disease, Listing 11.09, in its disability handbook.

Under this listing, people will be able to learn about the specific disability criteria the SSA has for SSI disability and Social Security Disability severity requirements. In order to meet the impairment listing, individuals must first be diagnosed with MS. People who apply for disability benefits will have to provide objective medial evidence from certified or licensed medical professionals or some other suitable source of medical treatment. The medical evidence that is provided will have to document the diagnosis of the disease.

People who suffer from MS are likely to have a medical history that includes clinical notes and results from imaging techniques, such as MRIs, X-rays, CT scans, diffuse optical imaging and more. Their medical history should include a diagnosis, prognosis, details regarding symptoms and limitations, and responses to treatment.

An attorney who practices Social Security Disability law may advise clients with MS about what steps should be taken to apply for disability benefits. The attorney may assist clients with getting the necessary paperwork to verify that they have a qualifying disability and are unable to work. If initial claims have been denied, the attorney may explain the appeals process and what step should be taken to have their claim reconsidered. If necessary, the attorney might advocate on behalf of clients at disability hearings.