Multiple Sclerosis Disability Insurance

May 17, 2011 No Comments by

Social Security does pay multiple sclerosis disability insurance benefits to those who meet certain requirements. The person with multiple sclerosis (MS) must be fairly sick with the disease, so sick that he or she is not working and in most cases cannot even do sedentary work. The person with multiple sclerosis (MS) must have worked a fair amount in the recent past. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available to those with multiple sclerosis (MS) who may not have worked enough in the past but who are considered to have little to no income.

Multiple sclerosis disability insurance benefits are not easy to get. Merely being diagnosed with MS is not enough. It is impossible to say exactly what symptoms of MS might cause Social Security to approve the multiple sclerosis disability insurance benefits claim. MS produces highly variable symptoms. Maybe it would be easier to talk about MS cases that are unlikely to be approved. A person with MS who suffers from only mild fatigue is unlikely to win. A person with MS who suffers only intermittent symptoms which occur only rarely is unlikely to win. A person with MS who is not under medical care is unlikely to win.

The biggest problem with getting a multiple sclerosis disability insurance benefits claim approved is that often the biggest symptom of MS is fatigue and that is something that cannot be measured. Social Security is most comfortable with approving disability benefits in cases where the medical problem is easily measured. A broken leg that does not heal is a good example. X-rays can easily show whether a fracture has healed or not. There is no such test to show the fatigue caused by MS. MRIs can show the plaques associated with MS but those plaques correspond only weakly with the fatigue.

Persons with MS should not despair of being approved for multiple sclerosis disability insurance benefits merely because their illness is highly variable or produces odd symptoms. That’s often the way that MS is. Social Security has some understanding of MS. At the Charles T. Hall Law Firm, we represent MS patients who are disabled by fatigue and other symptoms associated with MS. Contact us if we can help you.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.