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SSD for Multiple Sclerosis

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    Who Can Help You Get Financial Support?

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects every area of your life. This autoimmune disease can make routine activities difficult, and make working impossible.

    But worries about money shouldn’t damage your focus on your medical treatment and your own well-being.

    Social Security Disability benefits provide financial support that can ease your burden.

    There’s only one problem: It’s very difficult to get approved for SSD benefits.

    Being diagnosed with MS doesn’t mean you’ll automatically start receiving checks. You have to turn over paperwork and proof of your condition.

    Who helps you with that? Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates.

    We’ve helped thousands of people get disability benefits over the last 30 years.

    If you live with multiple sclerosis in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Alexandria and Northern Virginia, or anywhere in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware or Pennsylvania—or anyplace in America—get in touch with us.

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    Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms that Can Qualify You for Disability

    Any disability claim requires showing that your symptoms prevent you from working.

    Symptoms of MS vary depending on what kind of MS you have:

    • Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis
    • Primary progressive multiple sclerosis
    • Progressive relapsing multiple sclerosis

    But in general, MS symptoms you can put in your disability application include:

    • Balance problems
    • Coordination problems
    • Difficulty walking
    • Tremors
    • Bowel and bladder problems
    • Mental health problems
    • Memory difficulty
    • Vision loss
    • Hearing loss
    • Fatigue

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) also provides a listing of impairments that can qualify you for benefits when you submit the right proof.

    This is how the SSA describes the MS effects that you can show:

    • Persistent Disorganization of Motor Function: Difficulty walking or using your hands, partial paralysis, tremors, sensory disturbance or involuntary movements
    • Visual Impairments: A significant decrease in vision that cannot be corrected, including less than 20/200 after correction and 20% or lower peripheral vision
    • Mental Impairments: Organic mental disorder causing memory loss, decreased intellectual function as demonstrated by IQ testing, or mood disturbance
    • Severe Reproducible Fatigue: Substantial muscle weakness with repetitive activity, caused by neurological dysfunction in the central nervous system

    If you aren’t sure whether or not your symptoms qualify you for benefits, reach out to Mathis & Mathis for a FREE consultation.

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    How to Prove Your MS Disability Claim

    The qualifications to win benefits are that:

    • Your MS is so severe that you cannot work
    • You will not be able to work for at least a year
    • It’s not possible for you to switch to another line of work

    The way you prove this is with medical documentation, including:

    • An MRI showing lesions in your brain
    • Results from a lumbar puncture that show MS
    • Results from a vision test showing the impairment level required by the SSA
    • Physicians’ notes describing your depression or fatigue related to your MS
    • Statements from family, friends, co-workers or others about how MS impacts your daily life

    And that list is just a start of the types of evidence you can gather. Mathis & Mathis knows what information to look for, how to organize it and how to present it to Social Security. We deal with the legwork, so it’s not all on you.

    We also listen to you and take time to understand your situation.

    We know you’d rather be working. But if you can’t, we want to help you get your life on steady ground.

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    Applying or Appealing, We Can Help

    Whether you’re in the initial stages of applying, appealing a denial of benefits, or wondering if you qualify, Mathis & Mathis can help.
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    Social Security Disability FAQs

    Because applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated, you likely have many questions about the process. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

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