Can I get disability benefits for MSA? Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is rare progressively worsening neurological disorder which leads to damage to one’s autonomic nervous system (the bodily functions which occur without you thinking about it; such as: the functioning of your heart rate, blood pressure, digestive system, perspiration, bladder functioning).
MSA affects multiple systems, and in most cases, individuals experience a quick decline in mobility, cognition and physical control in a matter of a few years. Some of the most common symptoms of Multiple System Atrophy include: the reduced ability to show facial expressions, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, loss of fine motor skills, slow movement and tremors. People with multiple system atrophy may also experience vision, voice and speech changes. As the condition worsens, the ability to maintain steady full time work is seriously impaired and disability benefits are available for those who are unable to maintain work activity.
The Social Security Administration has included Multiple System Atrophy to their list of Compassionate Allowances, helping speed up the process of obtaining disability benefits under certain instances-see POMS DI 23022.630; however, if you do not “meet or equal” this listing, you may still be entitled to disability benefits if your condition, in conjunction with any other physical or mental impairment, prevents you from returning to work you have done in the past and other substantial work you might be qualified to perform given your age, education and acquired work skills.
If you or a loved one lives in Alabama or Tennessee, you are suffering from the effects of multiple system atrophy and you believe you are disabled as the result and are entitled to Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you do not have to take on the Social Security Administration alone. Please feel free to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a free consultation.
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Can I get disability benefits for MSA