Neurological Issues and Disability BenefitsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on June 9, 2015 | In Social Security Disability
The word neurology refers to disorders of the nervous system. When someone has neurological disorders, they may struggle with any number of diseases or conditions involving the central and peripheral nervous system. Some people with neurological issues are unable to work because of problems with their brain, spinal cord, or even their hands and limbs. If you have a neurological disorder that makes it difficult or even impossible to work, it may be in your best interest to research your legal options.
There are a number of different neurological conditions that may qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits, including, but not limited to cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, ALS, vascular dementia, muscular atrophy, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. It doesn’t matter if the condition is a neurodegenerative disease (progressive loss of structure or function) or a disorder of the central or peripheral nervous system. If you can show that you have a medical condition that prevents you from working, you can pursue and receive disability benefits.
Before you can receive disability benefits for your neurological disorder, you will have to receive a medical diagnosis. Your doctor will have to diagnose your condition and describe exactly how your symptoms affect your ability to work and function. Then, it is advisable to review the official list of conditions and disabilities that qualify for benefits. If your diagnosed condition is on the Social Security list of qualifying disabilities, you should be able to receive benefits with proper legal guidance.
If, however, you condition is not on the list, you can still pursue benefits by proving how your condition prevents you from working. You will need to gather evidence, secure testimony, and prepare yourself for a potentially lengthy application process.
Many neurological disorders and conditions are debilitating and disabling. If you suffer from a serious condition, do not hesitate to seek out legal guidance. Disability benefits were created to help people like you, but the Social Security Administration does not make it easy to qualify. You would be well advised to seek the counsel and guidance of an experienced Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorney who has recently handled cases similar to yours and can help expedite the process.