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Understanding Neurological Conditions and Social Security Disability

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on October 10, 2012 | In Social Security Disability

Many medical conditions cause disabling symptoms and may qualify a person for Social Security disability (SSD) payments. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews the medical records and other information from those who apply for SSD benefits to determine whether they qualify for disability.

In order for a medical condition to qualify a person for SSD benefits, it must cause a marked impairment that leaves a person unable to work, and it must be expected to last at least one year and/or to result in the person’s death. Many neurological conditions meet these criteria. Some of these conditions are listed in the SSA’s “blue book” of conditions that qualify a person for SSD benefits, including:

  • Epilepsy, both convulsive and non-convulsive;
  • Central nervous system vascular accidents;
  • Brain tumors;
  • Parkinson’s syndrome;
  • Cerebral palsy;
  • Spinal cord or nerve root lesions and conditions that cause them, like multiple sclerosis;
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease);
  • Anterior poliomyelitis;
  • Myasthenia gravis;
  • Muscular dystrophy;
  • Pernicious anemia with disorganization of motor function;
  • Cerebral trauma;
  • Syringomyelia; and
  • Other degenerative neurological conditions, like Huntington’s chorea.

If you have a neurological condition that is not listed in the blue book, you may still qualify for SSD benefits, depending on the extent of your disability. The SSA will consider your medical records and reports of how well you function when deciding whether or not you qualify for disability benefits.

At the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, our compassionate Los Angeles County neurological disorder SSD lawyers can help you with every step of the application process. Call us today at (888) 438-7734 today for a free consultation.

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