Social Security Disability and Multiple Sclerosis

March 5, 2012
By Louis B. Lusk on March 5, 2012 11:55 AM |


Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. MS results in a loss of muscle control, balance, vision, and sensation. If you have MS and are unable to work because of an MS-related impairment, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. People who apply for Social Security disability benefits with MS typically experience one or a combination of the following symptoms:

 Difficulty seeing
 Difficulty walking
 Side effects of medication
 Difficulty concentrating
 Difficulty completing simple tasks
 Difficulty remembering
 Speech impairment
 Extreme fatigue, regardless of how much you sleep

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes MS as a chronic illness or impairment that is severe enough to prevent someone from working. People with MS may qualify for Social Security disability benefits by means of a medical vocational allowance or by meeting or equaling the requirements of the MS listing.

Medical Vocational Allowance

Most Social Security disability claims for people with MS are approved via a medical vocational allowance. A medical vocational disability claim decision is made when an examiner uses the SSA GRID Rules to determine whether or not a claimant should be found disabled or not.

To be approved for disability benefits via a medical vocational allowance, your medical records must show that your MS is severe and has lasted or is projected to last for no less than 12 months. During this 12-month period, your condition must prevent you from working at a job you've done in the past and prevent you from engaging in other types of work that are suitable for you.

Multiple Sclerosis Listing

Someone with MS can also be approved for Social Security disability benefits on the basis of meeting or equaling the SSA's MS listing. The listing provides three separate and distinct types of criteria that may result in benefits if they're individually met: motor function impairment, visual impairment, and mental impairment. You'll meet the requirements of the MS listing if your medical records prove that you've been diagnosed with MS and you satisfy one of these three criteria. You can also be approved for Social Security disability benefits on the basis of the MS listing if you meet or equal the SSA's listing for organic mental disorders, which are behavioral or psychological abnormalities associated with brain dysfunction.

Have Atlanta Social Security Disability Lawyer Louis B. Lusk Review Your Case

The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits with MS can be complex. Get help by having your case reviewed by Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer Louis B. Lusk. Call (800)883-7043 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.