The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS) by attacking myelin, the fatty substance surrounding and protecting the nerve fibers in the body. The attacked nerve fibers then create scar tissue that interrupts nerve impulses from reaching or receiving signals from the brain and spinal cord.

Believed to be an autoimmune disease (a disease that occurs because the immune system attacks itself), MS takes one of four courses:

  • Relapsing-remitting
    The most common form of the disease, it is characterized by acute attacks of the symptoms with either partial or full recovery periods.
  • Primary-progressive
    Slowly worsening, this form has no distinct relapses or remissions in attacks.
  • Secondary-progressive
    This form usually progresses from relapsing-remitting and includes more occasional attacks with minor recoveries and plateaus.
  • Progressive-relapsing
    The rarest form of MS, the disease continues to worsen with some recovery but continues to develop without remissions.

SSA Evaluation

The SSA considers multiple sclerosis a disabling condition affecting neurological functions, and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on your condition and age.

MS is evaluated by the three conditions:

Disorganization of Motor Function

  • What it is: tremors, involuntary movement, or paralysis caused by nerve dysfunction
  • How it is evaluated: it is assessed by the degree of interference and impairment

Visual Impairment

  • How it is evaluated: loss of vision in the better eye (after correction) is 20/200 or worse; narrowing visual field in the better eye; loss of visual efficiency in the better eye (after correction) of 20 percent or less

Significant Reduction of Motor Function

  • What it is: fatigue and muscle weakness resulting from neurological dysfunction
  • How it is evaluated: determined by a physical examination

Let Our Attorneys Fight for Your Benefits

As it progresses, MS can become a debilitating condition that reduces or even eliminates your capacity to work and earn a living for yourself and your family. And while the SSA offers benefits for MS patients like you, they also have strict criteria for approval, including the severity of your disease and its impact on your life.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we know the SSA may not always be right in their assessments, and that’s why we want to build a strong SSD claim for you. You won’t have to pay us a cent unless we get you the benefits you deserve. Don’t wait to get help—contact us today by dialing (800) 477-7315.

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