Can I Collect Social Security Disability Insurance If I Have Parkinson’s Disease?

Every April, we like to remind our readers that it is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), which commemorates the month, estimates that approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year, while thousands of cases go undetected.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder that affects a person’s central nervous system. The disease can cause issues with movement, including shaking and difficulty walking. It has also been linked to facial tremors, stiffness in limbs and balance and coordination problems.

In order to determine if you suffer from Parkinson’s, you should speak to a physician or a movement disorder specialist. Your healthcare provider may rely on a neurological exam to determine if you suffer from the disease.

What Can I Do If I Suffer From Parkinson’s Disease and I Want to Apply For Social Security Benefits?

It should be noted that a person who meets the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria for defining Parkinson’s disease might be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

A person suffering from the ailment may have to show that he or she requires regular doctor visits and may have to show medical documentation in order to qualify for benefits.

For a person to qualify for SSDI benefits, eligibility is based on work history. The SSA has two different gauges by which to evaluate your work history. The first test is the “Duration of Work Test,” while the second test is the “Recent Work Test.” These tests take into account how long a person has worked, as well as how recently, in order to determine benefits.

If you suffer from Parkinson’s disease and are unable to work, we suggest contacting a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney to see if you are eligible for SSDI benefits. We offer free consultations, and you may reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys


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