Do You Know the Mistake You Can Make in your Multiple Sclerosis Social Security Disability Claim by Not Understanding the Impact of an MS listing?
Receiving Social security Disability benefits if you suffer from multiple sclerosis can be difficult. However, there is a Social Security “listing” 11.09 that directly addresses entitlement of Social Security Disability benefits if you have multiple sclerosis.
You must have a clear diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
More importantly, the Social Security Administration considers four factors in determining whether or not you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
It’s important that your medical records document the following:
You must show that you have muscle weakness as a result of repetitive activity. You may be able to do work like physical activity for a short amount of time but then become incredibly fatigued. This should be developed in your medical records.
2. Disorganization of motor function.
Usually defined as having difficulty controlling two or more limbs including loss of dexterity or problems with walking or standing. If you have tremors, numbness or difficulty controlling your limbs you’ll meet this criteria.
3. Visual impairment.
If you have problems as a result of MS either with: (a) vision in your better eye with correction of 20/200 or less or (b) your visual field is less than 20 degrees, you’ll meet these very specific and rigorous requirements.
4. Mental impairment.
It is important to show that you are having problems with loss of memory, with loss of time, place, orientation, hallucinations, personality mood disturbances or even a reduction in your IQ.
It is also crucial that you show that these symptoms have impacted your daily living or concentration or that you have repeated episodes.
The mental impairment can be developed based on lay statements from family members or friends who can document the difficulties you are having.
At The Law Offices of Nancy L. Cavey, your Tampa | Clearwater | St. Petersburg multiple sclerosis Social Security Disability attorneys, we believe that it is important that you understand the burden of proof to win your multiple sclerosis Social Security Disability case.
We take a team approach to winning these cases because we think that it’s important that you, your physician, and your family and friends provide the medical and lay evidence to show that you are no longer capable in engaging in gainful employment.