Social Security Disability for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Social Security Disability for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Neurological medical conditions are those that affect the brain or the central nervous system – including the spinal cord, and/or the peripheral nervous system. Social Security approves disability claims (SSD) for nerve-based diseases.

Social Security Disability will typically be approved for serious Neurodegenerative conditions (such as Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and others). However, our experienced disability lawyers remind individuals with neurological conditions that Social Security is never “automatic”.

As with any medical condition, a Social Security applicant with a Neurodegenerative condition must meet the same Social Security requirements as any injury or disability. He or she must generally “prove” their “medically determinable impairment” – as well as prove that it prevents him/her you from performing any work.

Social Security for Parkinson’s Disease

If a claimant has advanced Parkinson’s disease that disrupts his/her walking, standing or use of their hands, typically they should be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.

Social Security for Huntington’s Disease

If Huntington’s has caused the claimant significant problems walking or using their hands, or has caused marked changes in cognitive abilities, they typically should be able to get Social Security disability benefits.

Social Security for Alzheimer’s Disease

The Social Security Administration has specific criteria for when an applicant Alzheimer’s qualifies for disability. However, applicants with early-onset diagnosis get “fast-tracked” through the Social Security process.

Social Security for Dementia and/or Lewy Bodies (DLB)

Social Security disability applicants with more than one type of dementia (and/or dementia with Lewy Body Disease – “LBD”), are afforded a “fast-track” Social Security disability decision.

Social Security for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Once you are diagnosed with ALS, you automatically qualify for disability benefits – provided you have supplied the proper medical records to substantiate that you do have the disease.

Other Neurodegenerative Diseases

Those with Pick’s disease, corticobasal degeneration, progressive supranuclear palsy, or CJD will usually be approved for Social Security disability benefits. Again, adequate medical documentation must be submitted by the applicant and/or his/her physicians.

Social Security for Muscular Atrophy

Whether an applicant qualifies for Social Security benefits for muscular atrophy, will depend on the degree of muscle wasting that has occurred – and the limitations on the ability to work that it causes.

Long Beach Social Security Lawyers

Our experienced Long Beach California Social Security Disability lawyers understand that when you or a loved one has a Neurodegenerative condition, you need your benefits as quickly as possible. We are here to help you get the maximum Social Security benefits for which you qualify as quickly as possible.  Please call our experienced lawyers for a free consultation – we will help you understand your benefits and assist you in getting your benefits as quickly as possible.

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