Does a Person with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Qualify for Social Security Disability?
If you or a loved one have MS, you know the nature of the disease can be unpredictable. Many people with MS are able to work without serious problems, at least for some period of time. I frequently see clients whose MS has becomes more severe over time until they reach that “tipping point.” What I mean is the point where someone with a chronic illness can no longer make accommodations that allow them to remain productive at the level required by an employer. This is a difficult time physically and emotionally. It is also the time that you should apply for Social Security disability benefits.
Episodic Nature Of MS
Since multiple sclerosis symptoms are not necessarily constant, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requirement that a disability prevent you from working for at least twelve consecutive months can be problematic for a patient suffering from this disease. This, however, is understood by the SSA. The agency reviews the frequency, duration and elapsed time between your episodes of sickness and considers all of this when evaluating your claim.
How MS Disables
Multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system, which is composed of your brain and spinal cord. The disease can affect your mobility, your stamina, your senses, your memory, your ability to eat, your vision; literally every system in your body can be impacted by this disease. It can severely affect your ability to perform on the job.
Applying For Disability With MS