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Any significant neurological disorder that affects a person’s physical and mental functioning could meet the requirements for Social Security Disability or SSI.
Are There Any Specific Diseases Or Conditions That Meet The Medical Qualifications?
Yes, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues guidelines for specific neurological disorders that are covered under section 11.00 of its Listing of Impairments. This listing covers most of the well-known neurological disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s, uncontrolled seizure disorder, stroke and a host of other commonly occurring neurological problems. However, the specific factors and characteristics of the neurological disease must be met in order to automatically meet the medical requirements. If only a few of the objective findings of the specific disease can be documented, then further investigation will be made by SSA to see if the overall condition of the claimant is so severe that it would prevent that claimant from working on a regular full-time basis.
What Kind Of Evidence Is Needed To Establish A Neurological Disorder That Meets SSA Requirements?
X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, EMGs, as well as a detailed medical history from each treating physician, as well as other medical records that support a finding that the condition is severe, disabling, and has remained severe and disabling for a period of not less than one year.
What If I Haven’t Been Able To Afford Treatment On A Regular Basis?
If the medical record is incomplete, spotty, and lacks consistency or completeness, SSA will schedule a consultative examination to at least try to verify the clinical findings in your case.
How Long Does It Generally Take SSA To Make The Initial Medical Decision In A Neurological Claim?
The average time for the agency that does the medical investigation for SSA to complete its development and render a decision, often referred to as the State Agency and, in many States, the Disability Determination Service, is four to five months.
If approved on the initial application, the claim is returned to the field office where it was originally filed, and the local claims representative will then process the claim.
If things become economically tight while awaiting a decision, can a claimant try to do some work, even for a very short time, just to make a mortgage or car payment without jeopardizing the claim?
Yes, it is possible, but you should consult your attorney so that doing this work is reported properly and does not interfere with the claim. Contact our Center for guidance if you have filed and feel the need to try and earn some emergency funds while the claim is pending.
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