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Social Security Disability Benefits and Multiple Sclerosis

Social Security Disability Benefits and Multiple Sclerosis

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked to talk about the topic, Social Security Disability Benefits and Multiple Sclerosis. Specifically we are asked can someone with Multiple Sclerosis apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. In this video, Sharon Christie examines this topic Social Security Disability Benefits and Multiple Sclerosis, and whether or not a person can receive disability benefits from it. 

Official Transcript: Social Security Disability Benefits and Multiple Sclerosis

Hi, I am Sharon Christie your nurse attorney for Social Security Disability Benefits. I represent a lot of people who suffer from multiple sclerosis and one of the things that they ask me very frequently or is a source of confusion I think for a lot of people who suffer from this disease is this: When is the right time for me to apply? 

Now that is a great question because the disease affects people very differently. And if you suffer from MS you know that some people have relatively mild effects and effects that really can be accommodated in the workplace. Other people have more severe effects and typically what I see with my clients is that the severity of their problems has increased over time. So there is a time and it is usually a fairly lengthy amount of time that my clients are able to work with little to no accommodation required. 

But over time the symptoms of the MS, the effects of the treatment for the MS become more debilitating and can affect certainly the degree of strength that you have causes significant fatigue can cause significant brain fog, or confusion, or memory loss. Those are not all of the symptoms certainly but those are the ones that I probably see most frequently. And so there comes a point where these symptoms or the side effects of the medication are so interfering with work that you simply cannot complete a full eight-hour day or if you complete the day on Monday you are going to be so fatigued, so unwell, the next day that you are not going to be able to go in, or you are certainly going to feel like you are just dragging yourself in and you are not going to be productive. 

So you know obviously the point at which you need to look at Social Security Disability and for most of my clients they tell me they did see it coming, and that’s when you see these things start to happen. You know that’s really when you do want to get in touch with a disability lawyer and talk about, is now a good time to apply? Does it look like my case is strong enough or should I wait? Some of these things you want to keep in mind when you are applying. It is not just the diagnosis of course that will determine if you are disabled. For all of these reasons I just said because it affects different people differently. 

It’s what are your symptoms, how are they affecting you day in and day out, how do they limit your activities at home, how did they or are they still limiting your activities at work. Those are the things that we focus on when we are filing applications and move through this process with our clients who have MS. 

The Path to Social Security Disability Benefits with Sharon Christie Law

Step 1: Understanding Social Security’s Definition of Disabled

The definition of disabled, according to Social Security, is that you have severe limitations from your health problems that keep you from doing any kind of work for at least 12 consecutive months. This is the first thing we look at when evaluating your case. Your diagnosis is just the starting point. To get disability benefits for you, we must prove that your disabling condition causes severe limitations in your day to day activities.

Step 2: Medical Records in Your Disability Case

You must have medical evidence to prove your disability case. The most important evidence is your medical records that show your diagnosis, your symptoms, and your response to treatment.

Step 3: Don’t go it alone: How Sharon Christie Law Can Help You

At Sharon Christie Law, a Social Security Disability Law Firm, we recognize that no one ever plans to get so sick that they have to stop working. When you need to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits we recognize that you will be anxious about the process and whether you can qualify for disability benefits. Our goal at Sharon Christie Law is to help you win your case and give you the financial stability you need! Why work with us?

We do it all for you: At Sharon Christie Law we handle all aspects of the case for you, from preparing and filing your application through the hearing with a judge. We are with you every step of the way.  When working with us, you focus on feeling better, and we focus on winning your case.

We return your phone calls: We understand that you have many questions regarding Social Security Disability Benefits. We never want you to wonder what is happening with your case. We are here to answer your questions. All phone calls and emails are returned within 24 hours. That is our promise to you.

We believe in client education: The Social Security Disability process is confusing. We think it is important that you understand each step in the process. So, we created a section on our website that is accessible only to clients. This client’s only section tells you everything you need to know about the disability process.