Multiple sclerosis and disability benefits

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2023 | Social Security Disability

Multiple sclerosis is a relatively rare disease where the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system, eating away at the protective coating of nerves. This results in communication errors between the brain and the rest of the body. Those who suffer from this disease may experience weakness and numbness in the limbs, tremors, and lack of coordination. Vision problems may also arise, including blurry vision and prolonged double-vision.

Multiple sclerosis and your ability to work

Multiple sclerosis can be quite severe, leaving you unable to function normally. This, in turn, can affect your ability to work and earn a wage, which can result in significant financial hardship. If you find yourself in that position, you may be wondering what you can do to ease your financial burdens. Fortunately, seeking out Social Security disability benefits may be one strong path forward for you.

How to qualify for SSD benefits

In order to qualify for disability benefits for multiple sclerosis, you’ll have to prove that you meet identified federal requirements. For this condition, you can do that in one of two ways. The first way is to present evidence that shows that you suffer from limitations in two or more extremities, leaving you with an inability to stand from a seated position, walk with appropriate balance, or use your arms.

The second way that you can qualify for benefits here is to present evidence that demonstrates that you have trouble with physical functioning as well as in one other identified area. Those additional areas include:

  • Understanding information
  • Remembering information
  • Concentrating
  • Managing yourself
  • Interacting with others

Building your disability claim

Your disability claim is going to have to be supported by medical evidence. And you’ll also have to know how to present your claim in a way that speaks to the applicable legal elements. If you want to reduce the risk that your claim will be denied, you might want to further consider how you can build the robust and persuasive claim that you need.