Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis?

Posted by Scott Flexer on Mar 18 2014

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If you live with multiple sclerosis and are unable to work due to an MS-related disability and/or other conditions, you might be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The Social Security Disability Guidebook can assist in deciding whether applying for disability benefits is right for you, and in navigating the complex application process.

However, there’s a better solution than using their guidebook: getting expert help from someone who is clearly on your side. Getting your SSDI or SSI in Tampa can often be a stressful, intimidating process. When you have a Disability Experts of Florida advocate allied with you, you have the best representation in Tampa.

  • The qualified disability advocates at Disability Experts of Florida work with MS patients on a regular basis to get them the benefits they so desperately need.

Further Information about SSDI, SSI and Multiple Sclerosis 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes MS as a chronic illness  that can cause impairments severe enough to prevent an individual from working. If you have any of the following symptoms that prevent your from working, or any combination of these or other symptoms, you might qualify for Social Security benefits:

  • Difficulty with walking and other motor skills
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Difficulty concentrating or completing simple tasks
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Extreme fatigue, regardless of sleep
  • Speech impairment
  • Side effects of medication(s)

While SSI and SSDI provide different benefits, SSA uses the same disability determination process for both. You can even qualify for both at the same time.

SSDI is financially beneficial for people who:

  • Have worked and paid enough Social Security taxes.
  • Have a severe disability that is caused by disease or injury severe enough to prevent them from working.
  • Have a severe disability that is expected to result in death or has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

You do not necessarily need to be completely disabled to qualify for disability benefits. If you are no longer able to work, you must prove to SSA that your MS-related symptoms and/or other conditions are severe enough that you can no longer perform the physical and mental demands of your past job(s). You also must have an adequate work history. SSA’s determination rules are very complex.  Therefore,it is better to start the application process as soon as you think you might not be able to work.

Claim Your Benefits: Call a Tampa SSDI Multiple Sclerosis Advocate Now to Initiate Your Claims Process

Take the first step to getting your Tampa SSDI for Multiple Sclerosis by calling an advocate at Disability Experts of Florida today. A qualified Disability Experts of Florida SSDI and SSI advocate will help guide you through the stressful, anxiety-inducing process of getting your SSDI in Tampa. We will relieve that stress so you can focus on your health and loved ones. Let us carry the weight for you. Contact Disability Experts of Florida now to get your Tampa multiple sclerosis SSDI claim started.

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