Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common degenerative diseases in the world. It affects over 7 million people worldwide. Clients often ask us questions about Parkinson’s disease and Social Security disability benefits. If you are seeking benefits, there a few helpful things to know.
Parkinson’s disease most significantly affects a person’s movement and motor skills. The Social Security Administration grants disability benefits based on the severity of these symptoms.Knowing what the SSA looks for in a claim can be extremely beneficial to your case.
When Does Parkinson’s Disease Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
When a disability or disease affects a person’s motor skills, the SSA bases its decisions on the severity of that effect – especially concerning the person’s ability to use their arms, hands, and fingers. So, if you have Parkinson’s disease and are thinking about filing a disability claim, ask yourself: “how much can I use my arms, hands, and fingers?”
Even if you can still use your arms, hands, and fingers, you may still qualify for benefits. Here are the requirements outlined by the SSA for claimants with Parkinson’s disease:
Parkinson’s disease can cause severe muscle stiffness. This can be very painful and make movement difficult. If such stiffness limits your ability to work, you may qualify for benefits.
“Bradykinesia” (Slow and Difficult Movement)
Bradykinesia refers to the general slowing of movement caused by Parkinson’s disease. This can seriously affect your work ability, and if it does, you may be eligible for disability benefits.
“Tremor in Two Extremities”
Tremors, or involuntary shakes, are some of the most recognizable symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. They most often occur in hands and fingers. The SSA considers tremors disabling if they seriously affect movement or walking and standing ability.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.If you think you might have Parkinson’s disease, see a neurologist and receive the necessary tests. Proper medical diagnoses and treatment are essential to a disability case.
How Do I Start a Disability Case?
Identifying your condition and getting medical treatment is just the first step towards benefits. Filing a disability claim is an important and potentially complicated second step. Hiring an experienced disability lawyer can be extremely helpful.
We have experience handling Utah disability claims for clients with many different medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease. We will help you complete the right paperwork and collect the necessary evidence to prove your disability.