SSD Neurological Disorders
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides support through disability benefits for neurological conditions affecting the brain and central nervous system that prevent an individual from working, often specifically by inhibiting motor skills and cognitive ability. The full list is extensive and can be viewed on the SSA website, but the following highlights a few of the specific conditions and what is required to qualify.
The applicant is usually asked to document a detailed account of the severity and frequency of seizures, which must occur more than once a month in spite of at least three months of previous treatment.
Benign Brain Tumors
The SSA evaluates on a case by case basis with relation to severity, duration, and medical information. If a person is unable to work due to the condition for one year or more, then they may be eligible.
To qualify symptoms must usually include, singularly or in tandem, tremor in at least two extremities, significant rigidity, and Bradykinesia to the point of significant and sustained problems with movement.
Applicants must usually have severe problems with motor function malfunctions, emotional problems, or abnormal behavior patterns, and/ or spinal cord or nerve root lesions.
Individuals with motor function malfunctions in at least two extremities, as well as visual or mental impairment may be eligible for benefits. The SSA usually requires a medical examination as part of the application.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
Individuals who have listed the ability to properly use several body parts due to this condition are usually eligible for benefits.
Applicants who suffer from severe problems with motor function in two or more extremities that prevent movements and function crucial to daily life may qualify for social security disability payments.
Subacute Spinal Cord Degeneration
Those who have subacute spinal cord degeneration and who have a significant loss in motor functions in two or more body parts that are critical to daily life may be eligible for SSD.
Applicants who have suffered head trauma in an accident that prevents gainful employment for a minimum of one year may qualify for benefits.
Individuals who substantiate major bulbar signs and problems with motor skills in at least two extremities that impair critical daily functions may be eligible to obtain SSD benefits.
Other Degenerative Diseases
The SSA also recognizes other degenerative conditions unlisted in separate categories, including but not limited to: chronic brain syndrome, Friedrich's Ataxia, spino-cerebellar degeneration, and Huntington's chorea.
In many cases, the SSA will require personal statements regarding details on the severity of the problem, clinical records (a medical record that spans at least three months of treatment), physician information, and any additional information important to evaluating the claim. For the full list of conditions that qualify individuals to receive Social Security Disability benefits (SSD), visit their website at http://www.ssa.gov/.
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