Multiple Sclerosis Can Be Disabling
It can cause you to experience fatigue, difficulty using your arms and legs due to weakness or spasticity, slowed cognition, pain, or depression. You may have MS and are not even aware of the many symptoms that are affecting you. For a thorough list of symptoms and a good resource consult with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
There Are Two Different Ways You Can Qualify for Benefits for MS:
- First, you can qualify for disability under the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments in the following three situations: Difficulty walking: SSA will find you disabled if you can show that MS has greatly impacted your ability to walk or get around in your everyday life and you need to use an assistive device. Difficulty with vision: SSA will also find you disabled by your MS if you can show it has caused a significant impairment to your visual acuity, visual fields, or visual efficiency. Fatigue: SSA will find you disabled by your MS if you can show you have fatigue that can be measured and is significantly impacting you. Whether you can prove your MS is disabling under the Listing of Impairments requires understanding the detailed medical findings in your case, which is why it is important to hire an experienced lawyer who knows what to be looking for when reviewing your case.
- Second, you may qualify for disability benefits due to your MS if your symptoms are severe enough and prevent you from working.