Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a neuromuscular disorder that causes weakness of the voluntary muscle group and can be debilitating. It is listed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) under the Neurological - Medical Listing 11.12. This means that if you meet their very specific and stringent standards your condition may be approved for disability benefits.
The Evidence You'll Need to Present
The SSA does not grant benefits based solely on the diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis. Like so many disabilities, Myasthenia Gravis is difficult to qualify for. Detailed medical records from your physicians and specialists will be crucial to being approved for benefits. In addition, it is very important that you speak with both your doctor and attorney about getting a specialized medical source statement before you being the process. Doing so is often the determining factor in being denied or approved for disability benefits.
The Process for Applying for SSA Disability Benefits for Myasthenia Gravis
The process for gaining SSA disability benefits for Myasthenia Gravis takes place in stages. Each stage must be passed before the next will be examined. If at any point during this process the SSA determines that the claimant doesn't meet the criteria, the application for disability benefits will be denied. The steps for approval are as follows:
- Establish if the MG sufferer is currently working. If he or she is working and is earning more than $1,040 a month, he or she may be disqualified from benefits.
- Determine if the Myasthenia Gravis symptoms are severe enough to impact the ability to complete work-related activities.
- Since this condition is episodic, the SSA will need to determine the frequency and duration of the crises as well as how long remissions typically last. That being said, if either of the following conditions is present it's likely that the person will be determined disabled:
- Significant motor weakness, rapid fatigue of muscles of the arms and legs when performing repetitive resistance activity while on prescribed therapy.
- Significant difficulty in speaking, swallowing or breathing while on prescribed therapy.
- A review of age, education, prior work experience and both physical and mental conditions will be performed. This is done to determine what disability rating will be given and is based on medical-vocational guidelines.
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