I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I applied for Social Security disability benefits and was denied. Is multiple sclerosis considered a disability by the Social Security Administration?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is considered a qualifying disability by the Social Security Administration. However, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is not enough to show that you are disabled.

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease. Patients with early-stage MS may have few symptoms. They are usually able to continue working for years or even decades after the diagnosis. However, the symptoms progress with time. In some patients, MS becomes completely debilitating and prevents any type of work activity.

When evaluating an applicant for SSDI for multiple sclerosis, the SSA will first look to see if the applicant meets the criteria of impairment listing 11.09 (multiple sclerosis). An applicant who meets a listing is automatically approved for SSDI.

If you don’t meet the criteria of the MS listing, the SSA will look at what you are able to do despite your condition. The SSA will consider your age, education, and work experience and will assign you a residual functional capacity (RFC), a medical assessment of the type of work you can do. If the SSA determines that you can’t do any type of work that you have done in the past or any other type of work, you will be approved for disability benefits.

However, it is up to you to prove how MS affects your ability to work. Many people who are unable to work are denied SSDI  because they don’t have adequate documentation of their disability. Learn more about filing an SSDI application in our booklet, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case or we can file your application in our offfice.    

If you are denied SSDI for MS, don’t give up. You have sixty days to appeal. Our Omaha disability attorneys can help you. For a free case evaluation, contact Cuddigan Law at 402-933-5405.