You may be like many others with Multiple Sclerosis. You've struggled with the disease for years before you even thought about applying for Social Security disability benefits.

Not everyone with MS qualifies for disability. It is the severity of your symptoms that makes you disabled, not the name of the disease. However, when you and your doctor determine that you are no longer able to work, we are here to help you get the benefits you may be entitled to.

The MS symptoms that can interfere with your ability to work include cognitive problems, depression, spasticity and weakness, ataxia and tremors, bladder or bowel problems, vision problems, and pain.

But, as far as being awarded Social Security disability benefits go, the key symptom is fatigue. If you need to take a daily nap because of your MS, you are going to have a hard time keeping a job. Or maybe your symptoms wear you out so you can't work a full eight hours a day, five days a week.

Other common symptoms include losses in balance and dexterity. If you have documented problems walking because of MS, this may eliminate you from most jobs requiring standing and walking but will not exclude sitting jobs. If you have problems with hand weakness or motor control this could disqualify you for even sit-down jobs. As with all disease conditions, it is important to have your limitations documented by your doctor and your attorney should get a letter outlining your limitations.

If you have flares when your MS symptoms are extremely bad, Social Security will want to know how often you have flares and how long they last. Your case agent will want to know the length of your remissions and if you have any permanent residual symptoms.

Many people who live with MS push through their symptoms for years until they are unable to work any more. When you can't work, we can help. Because we focus exclusively on Social Security disability benefits, we know how the Social Security Administration decides MS cases and we know how to prepare your case so you have the very best opportunity to win. At Cuddigan Law you have a dedicated  team of professionals in your corner who understand the system and who will fight for your rights. Call us for a free evaluation of your case.

Timothy J. Cuddigan (Founder - Retired)
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Omaha Social Security and Veterans Disability Lawyer With Over 40 Years Experience