The SSA reported plans to seek public comment this year on neurological disorders once the agency publishes a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), according to its Annual Performance Plan for Fiscal Year 2013. “In 2010, more than 1 million disabled workers were awarded benefits, and fewer than 9 percent were awarded
Social Security Disability Benefits
SSDI is a federally mandated disability insurance program overseen by the SSA that operates separately from the retirement and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and who can no longer work because of a severe disability. The disability must last for at least 12 months or is expected to result in death. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible.
Major types of neurological disorders include:
• Diseases caused by faulty genes, such as Huntington’s disease and muscular dystrophy;
• Degenerative diseases, where the nerve cells are damaged or die, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease;
• Diseases of the blood vessels that supply the brain, such as cerebral vascular accident (stroke);
• Injuries to the spinal cord and brain;
• Seizure disorders, such as epilepsy;
• Cancer, such as brain tumors; and
• Infections, such as meningitis.
There are more than 600 neurologic diseases, according to the
Under the SSA’s five-step sequential disability evaluation process, a claimant must prove the following in order to be found disabled:
1. Claimant is not engaged in “substantial gainful activity” (SGA), earning
2. Claimant has a severe impairment lasting 12 months or longer, or is terminal.
3. The impairment meets or medically equals one of the impairments described in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments.
4. Claimant is unable to do past relevant work based on his or her residual functional capacity, or RFC.
5. Claimant is unable to work in any other type of occupation, taking into account his or her age, education and work experience.
“Claimants should keep in mind that the SSA requires strong, documented medical evidence to be awarded
The benefits of
“Advocates such as
Find more information about SSDI guidelines by type of disability on Allsup.com. To find out if you might be eligible for
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