Disability for Multiple Sclerosis in Detroit, MI
If you’re living with multiple sclerosis (MS), you could be struggling with a loss of mobility and dexterity. You may be unable to work like you used to and keep earning an income for your family.
You’re deeply concerned about your personal finances, including how you’ll pay your mortgage or rent—or even buy groceries.
Despite everything your condition is taking away from you, however, there is hope you’ll be able to reach a more financially stable place in life. Social Security Disability benefits provide monthly checks and qualify you for Medicare health coverage when you can’t work because of health problems.
The challenge is winning benefits. Social Security doesn’t make it easy. Most people get denied and need to launch a complicated legal appeal.
To give yourself the best chance of winning benefits, get a lawyer with experience in the special Social Security legal system that decides who qualifies for disability benefits. Lawyers from Levine Benjamin Law Firm have helped thousands of people in Detroit, Toledo, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and all across Michigan.
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How Multiple Sclerosis Leads to Disability
The bottom line for winning disability benefits is that your health condition must leave you unable to work.
With multiple sclerosis, this can happen in several ways:
- You have difficulty walking and maintaining your balance.
- You have difficulty using your arms and fingers.
- You lack the energy to complete tasks.
- You struggle to process information.
- You experience depression and mood swings.
It’s not unusual for people with MS to leave work. The International Journal of MS Care found that people with MS are out of work between 22 percent and 80 percent of the time.
And in the United States, nearly 1 million people have multiple sclerosis.
A diagnosis alone, however, isn’t enough to win disability benefits. You have to show Social Security that your condition means:
- You can no longer do the work you used to do
- You can’t transition to a new line of work
- Your condition is expected to last a year or could result in death
How to Qualify for Disability for Multiple Sclerosis
Social Security has specific rules to qualify for disability with multiple sclerosis. You must provide medical evidence showing at least one of the following:
- Impairment in two extremities that disrupts your ability to move about in general and complete more precise physical tasks
- A loss of eyesight, including both eyes testing at 20/200 or worse, or a limited field of vision—and little chance of improvement with corrective lenses
- Mental impairments including a loss of ability to think and process information, concentrate and control moods
Get Help With Your MS Disability Claim
Because most people who apply for Social Security Disability are denied the first time they try, it can be in your best interests to work with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney who helps you with your initial application—or an appeal if you’re denied.
When you’re already struggling with energy-draining MS, applying on your own is a heavy burden.
And when you need to take your appeal to a Social Security administrative law judge, government research has found that you’re almost three times more likely to win benefits if you have a representative.
At Levine Benjamin Law Firm, we’ll evaluate your case for free. And we won’t charge a fee unless you win. We’ve helped more than 50,000 people win benefits since 1964.
If you have MS, let us help you.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.