Social Security Disability Claims based on Advanced MS

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Individuals with advanced multiple sclerosis or MS should really have no problem winning Social Security Disability Insurance or SSI benefits on the first application provided they qualify financially for either of those programs.  This is because MS is extremely disabling in its advanced stages.  The person will have vision issues that will prevent them from being able to drive.  Often they have problems even walking and are prescribed either a wheelchair or a walker. They can also have significant problems with speaking and being understood. There are also cases though when they are denied even at hearing level for multiple sclerosis and that is when an MS individual has very mild symptoms or is in remission. Unless you have very advanced MS, if you only have mild symptoms and you are in remission, it still will be very difficult to win your disability case.

The clients who I usually represent who have MS are in the middle of those two extremes.  They are no longer in remission but their MS is not so advanced that they are in a wheelchair and cannot see or cannot drive.  The cases I represent usually involve people who have gait disturbance, speech problems, numbness in their limbs or slight vision problems but they are still able to drive and so in those cases it is usually required that we go to a hearing and we have one of your doctors fill out one of my multiple sclerosis questionnaires which indicates that the prospect of regular and sustained forty hour work week activity is just not possible given the nature of your current condition. That your current condition would result in such levels of fatigue, pain and other problems that you would have trouble staying on task for more than fifteen percent of the work day and that you would be absent at least once or twice every month on a month to month basis.  In cases like that, the middle of the road MS cases, it is likely you will have to go to the hearing but in most of those cases we do win the case.

This short informational blog post was provided by Anne Howard, an experienced Connecticut Social Security Disability Attorney