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Social Security Disability for Huntington’s disease

Social Security Disability for Huntington’s disease Social Security Disability for Huntington’s disease

People with Huntington’s disease undergo a fatal genetic disorder – this leads to a progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Although people may develop the disease during early 30s and 40s, the symptoms usually appear in late 50s for most people.

Huntington’s is not only a degenerative disease, it also leads to multiple types of neurological disorders such as impairments in functional movements, cognitive abilities and psychiatric disorders.

When can you get disability benefits for Huntington’s disease?

The symptoms for each person with Huntington’s may vary, thereby affecting their chances to qualify for social security disability. The cognitive symptoms may include an inability to perform daily activities such as toileting or bathing, or symptoms of dementia. Whereas the physical symptoms may include loss of muscle control leading to difficulty breathing, swallowing food or drinking water.

Each person’s symptoms will have varying degrees of severity, hence they would need to qualify the same way under the disability insurance, SSDI requirements as any other disability in the Blue Book.

Meeting an impairment listing

Huntington’s disease can be assessed either under the neurodegenerative diseases or, if the disabling symptoms are all cognitive or mental in nature, under the mental listing for neurocognitive diseases. You must be able to prove to the disability examiner or the ALJ that you meet the disability criteria for any of these symptoms for each of the conditions listed below:

Neurodegenerative symptoms

  • Inability to control movements of at least two limbs (an arm or a leg, two arms or two legs);
  • Critical thinking problems such as difficulty understanding, remembering or applying information;
  • Social problems such as interacting with others;
  • Concentration problems such as focusing on work or with finishing tasks with speed and persistence;
  • Setting realistic goals such as managing oneself;

Neurocognitive symptoms

  • Difficulty paying attention to work, tasks or listening to others for long-term;
  • Short term memory loss such as learning and memory deficits;
  • Difficulty in judgment and planning for tasks, such as inability to turn the car at the signal on time;
  • Bad hand-eye coordination;
  • Poor social judgment and inability to use proper social behavior;

Reduced Incapacity to Work, RFC

If you don’t meet the above criteria for disability, but have an inability to perform substantial gainful activity to earn for yourself or are unable to learn new things for a job – the Social Security may award you benefits based on your Reduced Incapacity to Work, RFC.

Your psychiatrist may have to fill the RFC forms for you, listing all the ways the Huntington’s disease limits your capacity to work and perform regular tasks.

Also, since the Huntington’s disease is a result of a disorder in genes, it can result into further degenerative, serious diseases. Therefore, the SSA may refer your disability case further under the ‘compassionate allowance’ to provide you additional benefits.

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Huntington’s, you may consult a disability attorney for legal help and paperwork for your disability benefits.

 

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Social Security: Disability benefits for neurological disorders

Social Security: Disability benefits for neurological disorders Social Security: Disability benefits for neurological disorders

Every 1 in 7 people suffer from some kind of neurological disorders, according to the UN. The World Health Organization, WHO stated that almost 100 million Americans, a 1 out of 3 ration of the US population – suffer from some kind of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and spinal cord injury.

Quite surprisingly, 60% of the people suffering from neurological disorders are over age 55. This means that older people are more prone to mental health problems. Moreover, neurological problems are not only limited to the brain. They can occur anywhere in the nervous system, including cerebral area (affecting memory and thinking), spinal cord (affecting movement), or peripheral nervous system (affecting thinking and muscular control of different body parts).

Unfortunately, receiving disability benefits is not as simple as getting benefits for other kinds of disability. The SSA has listed 16 disorders under neurological impairments in the Blue Book of impairments. The Blue Book lists every kind of neurological impairment and specific conditions that affect your mental health. Even if your neurological impairment is not listed in the Blue Book, it does not mean that you would be denied benefits for your conditions. Your symptoms and whether you have paid your social security taxes would be important when deciding your qualification for disability.

Some of the more common neurological problems listed by the SSA include:

  • migraine headaches,
  • multiple sclerosis (MS),
  • brain tumors (benign and malignant),
  • epilepsy,
  • persistent motor function disorganization,
  • traumatic brain injury,
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease),
  • Parkinson’s disease,
  • cerebral palsy, and
  • spinal cord/nerve lesions

Most neurological disorders are treatable with medicines and are cured easily if the prescriptions are taken as directed by the physician. However, some neurological disorders are degenerative and get worse with time such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, while some may not be treatable in the first place, such as Down’s syndrome.

How do I know if my neurological disorder would qualify for SSDI?

The SSA would rule on your disability claims for the neurological disorder the same way as any other disabilities. You would need to fill out both medical and non-medical requirements to qualify.

 

Non-medical requirements

You would need help from your doctor to file an RFC form for you listing all the ways that your symptoms and conditions affect you. Your psychiatrist would be able to fill out the paperwork that would show your disability examiner or administrative law judge about how your mental impairment limits you from performing substantial work.

Medical requirements

Remember it is important that you include all kinds of medical proofs, documentation and your doctor’s statements to support your case. This includes:

  • Medical history,
  • Examination findings,
  • Relevant laboratory tests,
  • Results of imaging,
  • Imaging refers to medical imaging techniques,
  • X-ray, computerized tomography (CT),
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Prescription lists and medication

Lastly, it is imperative that your medical evidence and physician/psychiatrist’s statements match the prevailing condition and its symptoms. This is because you may be examined by a doctor recommended by the SSA if they think you are manipulating any evidence. If caught jeopardizing your medical impairment, you could face terrible consequences with a possibility of being disqualified forever from social security.

You may consult a disability attorney for more guidance on social security for neurological conditions.

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