When a North Carolina resident is suffering from a medical condition or disease that prevents him or her from working, that individual could qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. However, the SSA holds a strict view of disability, and it is not always easy to get benefits. This is the case even for those pursing benefits for serious conditions, such as multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, and it is often disabling. Over time, this disease negatively impacts nerves, making it incredibly difficult or impossible to work. If you have MS and find it hard to continue with the responsibilities of your employment, you may have a valid claim to a specific type of disability benefits.
What does your diagnosis mean for you?
The ways that MS affects an individual varies widely from person to person. The way it will impact you personally depends on the type of nerves affected and the damage done. Many people with this disease ultimately lose the ability to walk. Other symptoms and side effects from this disease could include the following:
- Numbness or weakness in the limbs
- Double vision for prolonged periods of time
- Loss of vision and other vision problems
- Fatigue or dizziness
- Tremors or problems with coordination and motor skills
Any of the above side effects or others could rob you of your ability to hold gainful employment. This condition is not curable, and even with management of symptoms, working may not be viable option.
A person may qualify for benefits when medical professionals believe a condition will last for at least 12 months or for the rest of his or her life. This condition must also be a valid disabling condition according to the SSA. If you have MS, you likely qualify for one of the two types of disability benefits.
Help for the application process
Even with a valid medical condition, it is not easy to secure disability benefits. It is in your interests to work with an attorney experienced in this process. This will allow you to avoid missteps and pursue the benefits you need and deserve.
If you have questions about your disability claim or want to be certain you qualify before you move forward, it can be helpful to first pursue a complete evaluation of your case. This simple step will provide you with the information you need to confidently move forward with the most appropriate option for you.