Can I get disability benefits for Polymyositis? Polymyositis is a chronic inflammatory muscle disease which causes weakness of the skeletal muscles, which control movement. It can occur at any age, but it most commonly affects adults from their 30s to 50s, and is more common with African American’s and women. The signs of Polymyositis usually develop gradually over weeks and months.
Periods of remission can occur spontaneously, but the condition will continue to progressively worsen over time.
Symptoms of the disease are: progressive muscle weakness; difficulty swallowing; difficulty speaking; joint and muscle tenderness, fatigue and shortness of breath. As the condition worsens, you may find it difficult to stand from a seated position, climb stairs or raise your arms overhead.
The Social Security Administration lists polymyositis as a condition which can be disabling when the symptoms interferes with the person’s ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 14.05 in the Code of Federal Regulations lays out in specifics the impairments which a sufferer has to have in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for this condition; 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, you are suffering from the effects of polymyositis 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. Virtual appointments are available through Zoom to better protect you from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Can I get disability benefits for Polymyositis