Do I Qualify for Disability Insurance Benefits If I Have Tourette Syndrome?
Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. Men are affected three to four times more often than females. An estimated 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS while as many as one in 100 exhibit milder and less complex symptoms such as chronic motor or vocal tics.
TS has no cure and for many the symptoms are mild and manageable. However, people who have more severe Tourette’s can experience significant problems functioning.
Disability carriers do not understand that TS can be classified as either simple or complex, depending on the nature of the symptoms. They often take the position that tic symptoms do not cause impairment.
As a result, disability carriers are denying more initial disability claims than ever and denying continued payment after two years under the mental nervous or subjective medical condition limitations!