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Multiple sclerosis and Social Security disability

If you are dealing with a medical condition, then you are likely facing pain, discomfort, uncertainty and disruption of your day-to-day life. This can be bothersome, to say the least, but for many Missourians, their medical condition leaves them disabled. They are unable to work on account of their condition, which can throw their financial situation into disarray. This precarious situation can be made even more unstable when the medical condition requires extensive, and costly, medical care.

One of these conditions is multiple sclerosis. This is a disease in which the nerves' protective covering is eaten away by an individual's own immune system. The disease can have many symptoms, including loss of vision, fatigue, pain and difficulties with coordination. The condition can last for years, or it could last a lifetime. There is no known cure for the disease, and many individuals find it to be debilitating.

If you suffer from multiple sclerosis, then you might qualify for Social Security disability benefits. SSD benefits may help provide financial relief so that you don't have to worry about how to put food on the table or keep a roof over your head. Instead, you can focus on your health and your family.

To qualify for these benefits, you must meet the Social Security Administration's requirements. For this condition, you must satisfactorily show at least one of three elements. First is a disorganization of your motor functions. Second is significant impairment to your vision or mental health. Third, severe fatigue with muscle weakness accompanied by neurological dysfunction.

You should remember that these conditions must be so severe as to affect your ability to work. To demonstrate this, you will need to submit medical documentation of your illness and illustrate its severity. An attorney who has significant knowledge of the SSD process may be able to assist you with your claim.

Source: Social Security Administration, "11.00 Neurological - Adult," accessed on Aug. 14, 2016

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