Parkinsonian syndrome, also known as Parkinson’s, is a motor system disorder that progressively affects the body’s ability to move. The cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, although it is understood to originate in the brain, where neurons that control movement and coordination are slowly affected. Over 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with this condition each year, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and nearly one million individuals in the United States are currently battling it. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Parkinsonian syndrome, you may be eligible for government benefits as the disease progresses and makes it more difficult to work. The Social Security lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., have helped Massachusetts individuals apply for the financial assistance that they need. Our Boston firm also serves clients from New Hampshire and Rhode Island.Meeting the Listing for Parkinsonian Syndrome
The most straightforward way to obtain SSDI for Parkinson’s is to meet the specific criteria provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in its medical listings. Listing 11.06 applies to Parkinsonian syndrome and provides that benefits may be approved when an individual can show that he or she is suffering from significant rigidity, slowness of movement, or tremors in at least two extremities, resulting in prolonged difficulties moving or an abnormal inability to walk. If you or a loved one meets these criteria and are able to support them with medical documentation from a treating physician, you will likely be entitled to SSDI.Applying for SSDI Without Meeting the Medical Listing
For many individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease, the symptoms of the condition may be severe enough to greatly affect their ability to work, yet not specific enough to meet the medical listing discussed above. In these circumstances, with a bit of time and effort, an applicant may still qualify for SSDI. To begin this process, you can call SSA to make an appointment to apply at a local SSA office, or you can apply online. You will complete an application that addresses your existing medical issues and the limitations you experience in completing daily activities. You will be required to provide medical documentation regarding your Parkinson’s diagnosis. The nature of your symptoms and the strength of your medical evidence will often be pivotal to the resolution of your claim.
After your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by an SSA claims adjudicator, as well as outside medical reviewers employed by the agency. The SSA may ask you to submit additional questionnaires regarding the impact of Parkinson’s on your life and may even request that you meet with one of its medical doctors. After all of this information is obtained and reviewed, the agency will determine what it believes your residual functional capacity (RFC) to be. This is a designation of the level of work you are capable of performing. For instance, the SSA may determine that due to your limited mobility, you are only capable of sedentary work. Based on this RFC and other factors such as your age and work history, the SSA will determine if there are any jobs that you could handle in the current national workforce. If not, you will be deemed eligible for SSDI.Discuss Your Government Benefits Claim with a Massachusetts Lawyer
Applying for government benefits can be a lengthy process involving repeated doctor’s visits, extensive questionnaires, and many requests for documentation. At each turn, it will be important that you consider what evidence best supports your claim for disability and how to help the SSA understand the physical and mental effects that Parkinson’s has on your life. At Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., our disability benefits attorneys understand how complicated this process can be. We have the experience and knowledge to help people throughout Massachusetts identify the evidence that will best support a case. Our Boston office serves residents throughout the city and surrounding areas, including towns near the Merrimack River and Plymouth, Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk, and Middlesex Counties. For more information, contact us at (800) 367-0871 or complete our online form.