Q I have multiple sclerosis. There are days when I am symptom-free and able to work. Unfortunately, there are many days when I am in pain and barely able to walk. My vision on those days is blurry, and I have difficulty concentrating and remembering. These days are becoming more frequent, and I am no longer able to work enough hours to make ends meet. Do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?
It is not unusual for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to have good days and bad days. While a good day may be symptom-free, a bad day can be debilitating. Symptoms such as fatigue, blurred vision, numbness, pain, incontinence, and mental changes can affect your ability to walk, talk, follow directions and otherwise engage in work activities. When bad days make it impossible to earn a living, you may want to consider Social Security disability benefits (SSDI).
There are a few qualifications you must meet in order to be approved for SSDI for MS:
- It is OK if you are working when you apply for SSDI. However, in order to be considered disabled, you cannot earn more than $1,040 a month.
- Your disability must have lasted for one year or longer or be expected to last for one year or longer. Since there is no cure for MS, you will meet this qualification.
If you meet these qualifications, your next step will be to show that you cannot work because of your symptoms. This will be easy if you meet the disability criteria of Social Security Blue Book listing 11.09. If you don’t, you will have to rely on medical documentation to explain how your disability affects your ability to hold a job.
Still not sure if you qualify? Contact the New Hampshire disability lawyers at Keefe Disability Law for a free case evaluation. Call us at 8I88-904-6847, and we’ll let you know if you qualify for SSDI. If you can’t work because of the symptoms of MS, our Nashua SSDI attorneys can help you obtain the documentation you need to support your SSDI claim.