What neurological disorders qualify for Social Security Disability?
Neurological disorders pertain to the central nervous system which includes the spine and the peripheral nervous system. Diseases that fall under this category include Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease and any other disease that stems from impairments of the nervous system. For a more complete list of neurological disorders that can qualify you for Social Security Disability (SSD, also called Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI) benefits take a look at the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book.
Neurological Disorder and Social Security Disability
In order to qualify for disability benefits under the SSD program, neurological disorders must be expected to last at least 12 months and prevent you from working at any job. Even if your neurological disorder is not found in the Blue Book you can still qualify for benefits if you can prove you meet these criteria. In their evaluation the Social Security Administration takes into consideration:
- The severity of the illness and its duration
- The degree of interference with locomotion
- Supporting technical evidence of functional impairment
- The extent of visual and mental impairment
- Medication you take and its side effects
Medical and non-medical evidence surrounding your case will be examined thoroughly. You may be asked to take more medical tests should the disability examiner decide so.
Having your doctor provide supporting documents can build your case. In addition to your doctor’s testimony, an advocate who is well-versed in the social security disability applications process can guide you in the paperwork, help you get benefits more quickly and at times increase the amount of disability benefits you can get.
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