Social Security Disability for Muscular Dystrophy in Detroit
If you can no longer work because of complications from muscular dystrophy—and if you expect you won’t be able to work in the next 12 months—you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
The benefits include monthly checks and eligibility for health care coverage through Medicare. When you have muscular dystrophy, the Social Security disability program can make it easier to manage your life.
But winning benefits is hard. Most people initially get denied. An experienced lawyer can help.
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Applying for Disability Benefits with Muscular Dystrophy
Social Security Disability (SSD) and muscular dystrophy often go hand-in-hand, but benefits aren’t guaranteed. Even if you can’t currently work, you won’t automatically be awarded disability benefits you might have.
You’ll need to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you can’t work in any occupation for which you’re qualified based on your education and past experience because of your muscular dystrophy—and any other physical or mental health conditions.
You’ll also need to provide medical evidence that documents your claim.
This evidence can come in several forms:
- Reports from your visits to your medical providers
- CT scan results
- Blood work results
- MRI test results.
- Muscle biopsies
- A list of your medications and related side effects
- Any other information that could reasonably help the SSA evaluate your claim
How Muscular Dystrophy Limits Your Ability to Work
Muscular dystrophy is a genetic muscle disease that can affect any muscle in your body. It can cause serious, irreversible damage, often causing limbs to curl inward.
In addition to major muscle groups like your arms and legs, muscular dystrophy can also affect your heart, lungs, eyes and more.
In evaluating your claim, the SSA will try to determine whether you have “disorganization” of your motor functions in two of your extremities because of your muscular dystrophy.
The SSA will check whether it is difficult for you to stand up from a seated position, or to balance while you’re standing or walking.
If your case is not considered extreme, you may still qualify for benefits if the SSA determines you have a “marked limitation” in your physical functioning.
Other factors include:
- Restrictions in your interactions with others
- Restrictions in the way you process information
- Restrictions in how you concentrate
- Restrictions in maintaining pace at work
- Restrictions in your ability to adapt to different situations
- Restrictions in your ability to manage yourself
Get Help with Your Disability Claim
Applying for Social Security disability benefits is a complex undertaking.
For those unfamiliar with the application and common follow-up requests, doing it alone can be frustrating and time-consuming.
If you misunderstand what the SSA is asking for, your application may be denied because of incorrect or incomplete answers.
Statistically speaking, people who have professional representation in the benefits application process are more likely to win benefits.
An experienced attorney can make a difference in whether your claim is approved or denied.
At Levine Benjamin Law Firm, we understand how stressful it is when you can’t work because of your muscular dystrophy. You don’t need the process of applying for Social Security disability to add more stress to the mix.
If you’re unable to work because of muscular dystrophy, contact an experienced, Levine Benjamin attorney today.
We’ve been helping people just like you win disability benefits for all kinds of physical and mental disabilities since 1964.
While nobody can guarantee you’ll win benefits, we can guarantee we’ll advocate vigorously on your behalf.
From applying to appealing, we help you every step of the way.