Did you know that March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month? Sadly, MS affects hundreds of thousands of people in America and more than 2.5 million people worldwide.
Devastatingly, MS destroys the protective covering surrounding a person’s nerves, reducing communication between victim’s brain and his or her nerve pathways. Symptoms that hinder MS victims include visual problems, fatigue, difficulty with balance or coordination and impaired mobility.
Sadly, MS sufferers on average expect a life that is 5 to 10 years shorter than an unaffected person because of the physical toll the disease takes on their bodies.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS, although organizations like the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) are trying to raise awareness about the disease this month. For more information, you can visit the organization’s website by clicking on the link below.
Collecting Social Security Disability with Multiple Sclerosis
While there is no cure for MS, victims should be aware that the Social Security Administration (SSA) lists the disease as a condition that can prevent a person from working. This means that many victims are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, which can prove to be a vital economic support.
If you are experiencing advanced symptoms of MS and can no longer work, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney about obtaining SSDI benefits. Keep in mind, the SSA will evaluate your work history if you apply for SSDI benefits. We suggest visiting our Social Security FAQ page if you have questions about the process.
Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers
Troutman Touts: The average lifetime cost to treat MS for a victim is about $1.2 million.