Social Security Common Conditions: Parkinson’s Disease

by Staff | April 7th, 2015

Data indicates that as many as 1 million Americans suffer from the degenerative neurological condition known as Parkinson’s Disease. Yet many citizens do not know the symptoms of the disease or what steps they should take if they are diagnosed with the condition. That’s why the Social Security Disability lawyers at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to contribute to April being named Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month by providing this vital information about the disease.

The Mayo Clinic explains some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease include tremors in appendages, as well as reduced mobility—which is often referred to as bradykinesia. Rigid muscles, poor posture, and changes in writing and speech can also be signs of the disease.

With symptoms like these, it comes as no surprise to most that a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease could potentially prevent a patient from returning to work. Luckily, those with Parkinson’s may be awarded Social Security Disability benefits to help make ends meet.

The Social Security Administration says benefits should be awarded to an individual with Parkinson’s Disease if their condition results in significant rigidity of the muscles, bradykinesia, and tremors in at least two extremities that result in a disturbance of normal movement.

Proving your Parkinson’s is preventing you from working can be a complex task though, which is why it’s a good idea to have a legal representative by your side through each step of the process. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we suggest speaking with a Terre Haute personal injury lawyer as soon as possible if you suffer from Parkinson’s Disease and are considering applying for benefits or have a claim that was denied in the past.

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