Pennsylvania SSDI/SSI for Multiple Sclerosis
MS Diagnosis? Call Our Pennsylvania Disability Lawyers.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks myelin, an insulating and protective layer that surrounds the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. By harming myelin, MS can cause permanent nerve deterioration and damage.
If you’re living with multiple sclerosis and are unable to work, you could be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Our team at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC can help you apply for SSDI or SSI, handle an appeal if your application was denied, and guide you through the entire process of securing the financial support you deserve. We have served clients across Pennsylvania for nearly 100 years and are committed to helping disabled people and their families get the federal disability benefits they need.
Disabling MS Symptoms & Qualifying for SSDI/SSI
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis will vary from patient to patient. Some people may experience long periods of remission with few symptoms, while others may lose the ability to walk or perform daily activities. If your condition is so severe that you cannot work, you may meet disability requirements for SSDI and/or SSI.
Multiple sclerosis may cause such signs and symptoms as:
- Slurred speech
- Sexual dysfunction
- Prolonged double vision or blurry vision
- Problems with bladder and bowel function
- Lack of coordination, unsteady gait, and tremor
- Partial or complete vision loss, usually in one eye at a time
- Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, typically affecting the legs and trunk or one side of the body at a time
- Shock-like sensations felt when moving the neck, particularly when tilting the head down
There is currently no cure for MS, but treatment can help manage symptoms and help patients recover from attacks. Some people experience long periods of remission, but for others, MS will significantly impair their ability to work. For these patients, SSDI and SSI can offer much-needed financial support.
Applying for Social Security Disability with MS
If you use a walker or wheelchair, have vision problems, or have two or more attacks a year, you are probably eligible for Social Security Disability. However, you will still have to file an application, and your doctor will need to provide medical evidence and documentation that proves your condition is severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration's definition of “disability”.
Multiple sclerosis can cause problems that make it impossible for you to work and earn a living for yourself and your family. This can include:
- Extreme fatigue, which can be triggered even by slightly warm temperatures and may limit your ability to perform any activity.
- Muscle spasms, which can affect your ability to drive to work or do your job duties.
- Blurred vision, which will affect everything that you try to do, from driving to work or doing your job.
- Incontinence, difficulty walking, and tremors, which can interfere with your normal activities and work-related tasks.
You need to carefully document and inform your doctor of all of your symptoms and how they impact every part of your life, as this can be used to support your application, provide sufficient medical evidence, and get you approved for benefits.
Call (888) 498-3023 for Multiple Sclerosis SSDI & SSI Help
Developing a successful SSDI or SSI claim can be challenging, but with our experience and knowledge, we at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC can give you the guidance you need. We can protect your interests and give you the best opportunity at getting the full and fair disability benefits you rightfully deserve.
Call (888) 498-3023 today to for your confidential consultation, and find out what we can do for you.