Getting Disability Benefits When You Have Huntington’s Disease
Huntington’s Disease (HD) or Huntington’s Chorea, is a genetic disorder that affects your brain. It can cause degeneration in the nerves in your brain and can lead to a decrease in muscle function, cognitive decline and mental health issues.
If you have Huntington’s Disease, the symptoms can be gradual or happen rapidly. If you’re diagnosed while you’re young, the symptoms are usually more rapid than if you’re diagnosed later in life.
In order to win Social Security Disability benefits for your Huntington’s Disease, you must prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you meet their qualifications for disability and that your HD will prevent you from working for a minimum of one full year.
If you or a loved one suffers from HD and is unable to work, call our Chicago disability attorneys at Nash Disability Law for help getting the disability benefits you need.
Proving Your Huntington’s Disease Symptoms to the SSA
For Huntington’s Disease, there are three areas of symptoms: physical, cognitive and mental.
- Physical Symptoms
- Twisting of the body
- Difficulty talking
- Lack of balance
- Uncontrollable or jerky movement
- Eating issues that lead to weight loss or malnutrition
- Cognitive Symptoms
- Loss of memory (either short-term or long-term)
- Loss of problem-solving skills
- Mental Symptoms
- Changes in personality
- Compulsive or erratic behavior
- Suicidal thoughts are attempts
These are just some of the symptoms associated with Huntington’s Disease. In order to prove your disability claim for Huntington’s Disease, you need medical evidence showing the presence of some of these symptoms as diagnosed by a doctor. You must also show that these HD symptoms will prevent you from working for at least 12 months.
The more medical evidence you have illustrating how your HD prevents you from working, the better off your case will be. For help with your claim for Huntington’s Disease, call the disability attorneys at Nash Disability Law. Our attorneys will start you out with a free consultation.
Call Nash Disability Law for Help with Your Disability Claim for Huntington’s Disease
At Nash Disability Law, we help people in the Chicago area get disability benefits – including those who have Huntington’s Disease.
If your HD symptoms are so severe that you’re now unable to work, let our attorneys help you apply for Social Security Disability. Or, if your claim was denied, our disability lawyers can help you fight your denial by filing an appeal on your behalf.
Wherever you are in the disability process, our attorneys are here to help. We understand how difficult and confusing it can be for families to have a loved one diagnosed and properly treated for Huntington’s. Contact us today at 312-443-0900 for a free evaluation of your disability case.