Adults who are suffering from neurological disorders often find it difficult work, and therefore, difficult to support themselves and their families. This financial strain is an additional stressor during a time where the patient should ideally be focusing on addressing and treating his condition. Fortunately, Social Security disability benefits may be available for Lincoln residents whose conditions are expected to last for at least one year.

Neurological disorders can occur anywhere in the central nervous system. This includes the brain, the spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system. According to the Social Security Administration, the following is a sampling of the types of neurological conditions that could potentially qualify for Social Security disability insurance:

Disorders That Originate in the Central Nervous System

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders, convulsive and non-convulsive
  • Stroke, also known as a central nervous system vascular accident
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Brain tumors
  • ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy

Neurological Disorders Relating to the Spine

  • Spinal cord injury or paralysis
  • Syringomyelia
  • Sub-acute combined cord degeneration

Disorders That Originate in the Peripheral Nervous System

  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Myasthenia Gravis

Degenerative Diseases

  • Huntington’s
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia
  • Spino-cerebellar degeneration

For each different type of neurological condition, the Social Security Administration lists the various factors that it will use in determining the degree of the impairment caused by the condition. The degree of impairment must be such that it makes it impossible for you to obtain gainful employment. The disorder also must be long term. For sufferers, it is important to keep detailed records of the duration and severity of all symptoms, as well as their effect on your ability to engage in daily activities.

If you are seeking additional information about neurological conditions and applying for Social Security disability insurance in Lincoln, contact our office today at (402) 933-5405 in Omaha or (402) 261-4005 in Lincoln. We also encourage you to share this article on Facebook with your friends and family, as the information may be helpful to anyone whose loved one suffers from a neurological condition.

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