If you are living with a neurological disorder, you may find that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with a schedule that includes fulltime work. For many people living with a neurological disorder, there is no choice to be made when it comes to employment. The Social Security Administration (SSA) outlines sixteen neurological conditions which can qualify a person for disability in the Listing of Impairments. They are:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Anterior Poliomyelitis
  • Brain tumors
  • Central nervous system vascular accidents
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebral trauma
  • Epilepsy
  • Lesions of the spinal cord or nerve roots
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Other degenerative diseases
  • Parkinsonian Syndrome
  • Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Sub-acute combined cord degeneration
  • Syringomyelia

Is Your Neurological Disorder Missing?

Be aware that you may still qualify for benefits even if your neurological condition is not listed in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments, or Blue Book. This is because the Blue Book only contains the most commonly experienced and severe conditions. If it is an unlisted condition which impairs your ability to work, or a combination of impairments, you can still apply for disability benefits by ‘equaling’ a listing.

What Do I Need to Apply?

When preparing your application, it’s important to keep in mind the overarching goal: to provide enough evidence to the SSA that you are unable to work because of your symptoms. Everything you submit as part of your application should stand to support this claim. You will need to provide medical evidence of your condition, including your full medical history, current and past providers, treatments you have tried, and the results of those treatments.

There is a vocational component to the application as well. The SSA will want to review your education and work experience to try to determine if you could be qualified to work a job that does not interfere with your symptoms. If it’s found that you could work a certain kind of job, or that treatment could significantly diminish your symptoms, you may be denied benefits.

Our SSI Lawyer in Denver Can Help You Apply for Benefits

Are you in the process of researching Social Security benefits? For many people, the process of applying is intimidating and confusing. Our SSI lawyer in Denver can help you gather evidence to support your claim, make your case in front of an Administrative Law Judge, and file your appeal if necessary. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.