The Social Security Administration is going to review the qualifying criteria it uses to determine whether people with neurological disorders qualify for disability benefits. According to a report on Chron.com, the agency is going to seek public comment this year following the Notice of Proposed Rule Making.
The Social Security Administration is looking to update the criteria it uses to measure neurological disorders, according to the article. The agency uses the SSA Listing of Impairments to initially determine whether or not a claimant is eligible for Social Security disability insurance. It’s very common for claimants to be denied the first time that they apply for benefits.
Neurological disabilities are many and diverse. They include any illness or injury that affects the brain and nervous system. These include diseases such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and the damage caused by some cancers, particularly those that reside in the brain.
Doctors vs. SSA
According to the article, the Social Security Administration currently has 17 categories of neurological disorders listed in its criteria for determining disability. The American Academy of Neurology recognizes more than 600 neurologic diseases.
Applying for Benefits
Neuroscience is one of the most rapidly evolving medical fields. Because of that, new information about disorders and new treatments for those disorders are being discovered all the time. Of course, this means that new disorders are being discovered, as well.
Neurological disorders that meet the Social Security Administration’s criteria for a disability still have to be exceptionally debilitating. The condition has to last over one year or be terminal; you cannot be earning more than $1010 per month; you must be unable to work in your established field and you must be unable to find work in any other field. These criteria are very strict but, of course, Social Security disability insurance is designed to help those most in need, not those who can still support themselves.
Because it is so common for people to be turned down the first time they try to apply for Social Security benefits, many would-be claimants opt to hire a Social Security attorney. Most of the time, people are turned down for Social Security benefits simply because they get turned down on the first application and then fail to follow through with the correct procedure to remedy the situation. By using the services of an attorney, these claimants are able to successfully navigate through this complex bureaucratic system.