Muscular Dystrophy and Social Security Disability Benefits
Muscular dystrophy (MD) is used as a term to categorize a group of muscle disease that are genetic. These diseases usually cause your muscles to suffer serious irreversible damage.
If you have MD, you will most likely eventually require a wheelchair as the muscular contracture associated with MD may cause your limbs to curl inward. MD can affect any muscle in your body and also your mouth, heart, eyes and lungs.
If your MD has become so severe that you can no longer work and you will be unable to work for at least 12 months, call us, you will likely qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. As with any condition, winning disability benefits can be complicated. You must have medical evidence proving you have MD and that you can no longer work to show the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you qualify for disability benefits.
If you or a loved one has MD and can no longer work, contact our Chicago disability lawyers at Nash Disability Law for help obtaining disability benefits.
The SSA’s Listing for Muscular Dystrophy
SSA’s listing requires that you have “disorganization” of your ability to use your muscles in your arms or legs that causes major difficulty with your ability to move. While you don’t have to have the precise findings in the SSA “listing” about muscular dystrophy, it’s very important to clarify if this is the case.
Disorganization of your muscle function can refer to such routine activities as cleaning, typing, getting dressed, cooking, lifting items, running, jumping and much more. But just telling this to the SSA won’t be enough.
To prove your MD meets the SSA’s disability listing, you must have sufficient medical records showing how your MD affects your ability to work. Some examples of records include:
- DNA or blood tests
- Doctors’ notes and reports
- MRI results
- CT scans
- Medication lists (including any side effects)
- Muscle biopsies
The more information you can provide to SSA about your MD, the stronger your case may be. For help explaining how your particular situation meshes with Social Security Disability in the Chicago metro area, call our disability attorneys. We want to help you get the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. Call us now to get started with a free evaluations of your disability claim.
Call Nash Disability Law for Help with Your Muscular Dystrophy Disability Case
At Nash Disability Law, we’ve helped thousands of people in the Chicago area get the disability benefits they need – including people who have muscular dystrophy. It can be important for a working parent to know that if an adult child is unable to work before age 22 due to muscular dystrophy, and the parent is either retired, deceased, or receiving Social Security Disability benefits, that child may be eligible for a Disabled Adult Child (DAC) benefit.
If you can no longer work due to the severity of your MD, let our disability lawyers help you apply for benefits. If you were denied benefits, let our attorneys help with your appeal. No matter where you are in the process, if you have MD and can’t work, contact us right away for help. Call us at 312-248-0247 to get started with a free consultation.