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Multiple Sclerosis and Social Security Disability

Posted by attorney Kevan Spence

Claims for Social Security Disability are very often difficult to prove under the very strict Social Security rules. A diagnosis alone does not necessarily mean that the disorder as manifested in any particular individual will meet or equal Section 11.09 of the Listings of Impairments. Whether Social Security will award benefits depends on the strength of the claimant's medical evidence to support symptoms must be made on an individual basis.

Diagnosis of MS most often occurs to more women than men and under the age of 50. (See: As a "younger individual" under age 50, a claimant is required to prove by credible medical evidence that she or he is not capable of performing a wide range of sedentary or sit-down work. There are a number of severe symptoms, including: fatigue, pain, lack of concentration, inability to maintain persistence or pace, physical weakness, mental confusion, impaired cognition, and other symptoms, most often in combination, that can lead to a favorable decision. However, fatigue alone cannot be the basis of approval: an individual must demonstrate objective ongoing neurological deficits.

Maintaining a strong relationship with a treating specialist over time will go a long way towards substantiating the disability claim. A claimant may want to ascertain the willingness of his or her treating physician to complete relevant evaluation forms supplied by a competent Social Security Disability attorney. If supportive, these can be submitted to Social Security as part of the disability claim. The National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives can provide referrals to qualified attorneys in your area.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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