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Our Experienced Louisiana Social Security Disability Lawyer Helps Clients With Multiple Sclerosis Navigate the SSDI Application Process to Obtain Vital Benefits

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disabling illness that can impact every aspect of life, including the ability to work and earn a living. If your MS prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity, you could qualify for critical Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Phillip M. Hendry Law’s seasoned Social Security disability lawyer helps clients complete their applications and navigate the SSDI evaluation process to secure much-needed financial support.

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system, disrupts the flow of information within and between the brain and the rest of the body. This disruption can cause wide-ranging symptoms, including fatigue, muscle weakness, numbness or tingling, difficulty walking, vision problems, and cognitive changes. These symptoms can make it challenging to perform basic daily activities, let alone maintain gainful employment. 

Simple tasks like walking, standing, or remembering important details can become overwhelming hurdles. If you’re unable to work and in need of financial assistance to make ends meet, we can help you explore your SSDI eligibility for MS.

Understanding Basic SSDI Eligibility 

To qualify for SSDI, you must:

  • Have earned sufficient credits working in jobs that pay into Social Security
  • Have a severely disabling medical condition that has prevented or is expected to prevent you from engaging in substantial gainful activity for at least 12 months or result in death

Meeting the Listing for MS to Qualify for SSDI

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes multiple sclerosis as a severely disabling condition. However, an MS diagnosis doesn’t automatically qualify you for SSDI benefits. Eligibility depends on your ability to demonstrate that your MS matches the criteria in the SSA Blue Book, the agency’s official listing of qualifying impairments. You could be entitled to SSDI if your MS causes disorganization of motor function in two extremities, resulting in an extreme limitation in your ability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing or walking, or use the upper extremities, OR if you have marked limitation in physical functioning and one of the following symptoms:

  • Understanding, remembering, or applying information
  • Interacting with others
  • Concentrating, persisting, or maintaining pace
  • Adapting or managing oneself

Medical evidence, such as MRI scans, neurological examinations, and documentation of symptoms and their impact on your daily life, is crucial to gaining approval for financial assistance to help cover your living expenses.

How Our Adept SSDI Lawyer Can Help You Prove the Severity of Your MS and Its Impact on Your Ability to Earn a Living

Proving the severity of your multiple sclerosis and its effects on your ability to work and sustain substantial gainful employment is a complex and challenging process. Our knowledgeable and experienced Social Security disability lawyer can help you gather the necessary medical evidence, complete your SSDI application accurately and thoroughly, and present a compelling case to the SSA on your behalf. 

Working with a skillful attorney who understands the intricacies of the application process not only increases your chances of SSDI approval but also ensures that you have a trusted legal ally to advocate for your rights every step of the way. From gathering medical records to preparing you for hearings and appeals, Phillip M. Hendry Law can help you fight for the SSDI benefits you deserve when living with disabling MS.

Living with MS can be a daily struggle, but applying for SSDI doesn’t have to be. With our accomplished Social Security disability attorney’s help, you can approach your SSDI application with confidence, knowing that you have a dedicated legal expert in your corner.