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I Have MS (Multiple Sclerosis) – Am I Entitled To Disability Benefits? Part 1: Some Basic Information

Important to almost every disability applicant is the knowledge and experience that a qualified disability attorney may provide so that an applicant has the best chance to be deemed eligible for disability benefits. Any lack of understanding of the rules and regulations involved with a disability application may result in a denial of benefits. An experienced disability attorney may provide the necessary information so an applicant knows all of his or her options and proceeds correctly and accordingly.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune progressive disease that affects the central nervous system. MS causes neurological issues in the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves by demyelination, which is damage to the insulating sheaths around the nerves. There are several types of MS. They include:

  • Primary-Progressive MS;
  • Secondary-Progressive MS;
  • Progressive-Relapsing MS; and
  • Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS).

Each person is affected differently by MS and symptoms worsen and become more debilitating over time. Some persons experience a rapidly progressive loss of functions while others endure long periods of time without any significant symptoms.

The effects of multiple sclerosis are numerous and may affect many different parts of the body. Some symptoms include fatigue, loss of balance; bowel and bladder problems, vision and speech problems, diminished memory and concentration; walking and coordination difficulty; weakness, numbness, tingling or pain in the face, arms, or legs; hearing loss; difficulties chewing and swallowing food; and depression.

The SSA requires that a disability has lasted or is expected to last 12 months. Because most forms of MS produce episodic occurrences of symptoms, this may be difficult and somewhat challenging. Thus, evidence of the frequency and length of episodes, the time between episodes, and presence of permanent impairments during periods of few or no symptoms, must be presented to the SSA so that it may determine any disability based on multiple sclerosis. An experienced disability attorney may help make this complicated assessment.

Did you know that statistically, seventy percent of all SSI and SSDI claims are denied after the first application? Once disability benefits are initially denied, there is not much time to appeal this decision. Take advantage of the legal services offered by the Sullivan Law Office to assist in sorting through the extensive requirements that determine eligibility for disability benefits. The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases.  Contact the Sullivan Law Office to get the help you need in the Louisville metro area. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.I-Have-MS-Multiple-Sclerosis-Am-I-Entitled-To-Disability-Benefits-Part-1-Some-Basic-Information

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