Thousands of people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the United States every year. Individuals who have received a diagnosis of MS may qualify for medical and income benefits through the Social Security Administration.
Symptoms of MS may include the following:
- Cognitive issues
- Muscle tremors
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic pain
It can be difficult for a doctor to diagnose MS because, in its early stages, symptoms can mimic other conditions and may also be minimal. In order to correctly diagnose MS, you may have to undergo blood tests, neurological tests and a spinal tap procedure,
The Listings of Impairments Manual
In order to evaluate whether or not a claimant is disabled, administrative law judges and disability examiners refer to the Listing of Impairments manual. The manual lists medical conditions and criteria for finding a person disabled.
Seeking Legal Counsel from Disability Lawyers in Buffalo
It can be difficult for claimants to meet the standards listed in the Listings of Impairments manual. For instance, many of the symptoms associated with MS are subjective; they cannot be detected in an MRI or other diagnostic test. Fatigue and pain are both symptoms of MS that are not detectable on tests. Your medical records are an important component of your case. In addition, keep a journal of your daily activities that includes how often you need to rest and how long you need to rest. If you are experiencing pain due to MS, you will want to include a description of your pain in the journal.
Lawyers from Pashler & Devereaux will help you collect medical records, journal entries and other evidence to help build a strong disability case. If you wish to speak with a lawyer regarding your diagnosis of multiple sclerosis or other medical condition, please call the office of Chris Pashler and Kathleen Devereaux at 716-874-1739.