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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Receiving a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be life-altering. The physical, emotional, and financial toll it takes on individuals can be overwhelming. If you or a loved one has been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for MS in Florida, you’re not alone. Many individuals with MS initially face denials, but it’s essential to understand that denials are not the end of the road. In this guide, we’ll explore the challenges of securing SSDI or SSI benefits for MS, common reasons for denials, and how Disability Advocates Group can help you overcome these obstacles.

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis and Disability

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. It can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, weakness, numbness, difficulty walking, pain, and cognitive issues. The severity of MS symptoms can vary greatly between individuals. For some, MS progresses slowly, while for others, it can be more rapid and disabling.

Challenges in Securing SSDI or SSI for MS

  1. Proving Disability: One of the primary challenges in securing SSDI or SSI benefits for MS is proving disability. MS symptoms can fluctuate, making it difficult to establish a consistent level of disability. However, it’s crucial to emphasize that MS is a medically documented condition, and the right legal representation can help you navigate these fluctuations.
  2. Evaluating Residual Functional Capacity (RFC): The Social Security Administration (SSA) assesses your RFC to determine your ability to work. The symptoms of MS can impact your RFC significantly. Presenting compelling medical evidence that addresses your limitations is crucial.
  3. Medical Evidence: The success of your application relies heavily on comprehensive and up-to-date medical records. This includes doctor’s reports, MRI results, treatment histories, and any other evidence that supports your diagnosis and limitations.

Common Reasons for Denials

Several factors contribute to the denial of SSDI or SSI benefits for MS:

  1. Insufficient Medical Evidence: Inadequate medical records or a lack of specific MS-related documentation can lead to denials.
  2. Failure to Meet Blue Book Listing: The SSA’s Blue Book outlines specific medical criteria for disability. MS has its listing (11.09). If your condition doesn’t meet the requirements precisely, you may be denied. However, this doesn’t mean you’re not eligible.
  3. Work History Issues: If your work history is incomplete or insufficient for SSDI eligibility, you may be denied. SSI, on the other hand, is based on financial need.

How Disability Advocates Group Can Help

If you’ve been denied SSDI or SSI benefits for MS, it’s essential to remember that denials are common but not insurmountable. Disability Advocates Group is here to assist you in overcoming these challenges:

  1. Case Evaluation: We will conduct a thorough review of your case, ensuring all necessary medical records and documentation are in place.
  2. Legal Representation: Our experienced attorneys will represent you throughout the appeals process, advocating for your rights and ensuring your case is presented effectively.
  3. Medical Documentation: We will work with your healthcare providers to gather the comprehensive medical evidence needed to support your claim.
  4. Appeal Strategies: Our team will develop a robust strategy tailored to your unique circumstances, addressing the reasons for your initial denial.
  5. Emphasizing MS Fluctuations: We will highlight the fluctuating nature of MS symptoms and how they impact your ability to work over time.

Conclusion

Facing a denial of SSDI or SSI benefits for Multiple Sclerosis can be disheartening, but it’s crucial not to give up. With the right legal representation, you can navigate the appeals process effectively and increase your chances of securing the benefits you need and deserve.

Disability Advocates Group is here to provide you with the guidance and support required to overcome the challenges associated with MS-related denials. Contact us today for a consultation, and let us help you on your journey to obtaining the financial stability and security you deserve. Don’t let a denial stop you from pursuing the benefits you’re entitled to for your Multiple Sclerosis.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.