If you have been diagnosed by a physician or medical practitioner as having a medical condition and it is interfering with your ability to work, Social Security Disability can assist you while you are recovering, or if you need to take time off from working your job to manage your symptoms when necessary.
There are many diseases and health issues that affect a person in a very disabling way. Some are caused by pathogens in the environment, resulting in a virus, bacteria, parasite, or fungus. Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the bite of an infected tick and symptoms may become chronic post-infection. Other types of diseases may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Symptoms may come and go, and at times become severe and disabling.
Mental health disorders can at times prevent a person from maintaining a regular work schedule. A person who is managing symptoms of bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, or panic disorder may have found suitable work that allows for their need to take time off, rest, and recover from symptoms that arise as they live with their disorder, but their ability to earn a good income may be affected.
There are also diseases of the heart and lungs, such as coronary artery disease (blood flow obstruction).
Epilepsy is a group of neurological diseases characterized by epileptic seizures. Other neurological diseases affecting brain function and sometimes also causing a dysfunction of movement, when the central nervous system is affected, include Parkinson’s, stroke syndrome, and autism.
Peripheral neuropathy is a term used to describe a disease of the nervous system, which have acute, debilitating conditions. There are a wide variety of causes of neuropathy, ranging from the affects of other diseases, results from physical injuries, or even exposure to chemicals or radiation therapy treatment of cancer.
Genetic disorders may be hereditary or a new mutation to a person’s DNA. These include asthma, cancer, mood disorders, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and heart disease.
MANAGING SYMPTOMS AND DAILY ROUTINES
Diseases and disorders may affect a person physically and emotionally—living with symptoms can create chaos in one’s life and the ability to manage day-to-day living may become difficult to do well, even routine activities can create stress, which may cause other problems in the body. It may take a team of medical professionals to help you stay on a track toward wellness and provide enough support for you to maintain emotional stability and self-care routines. In addition to seeing a doctor, therapists often are medical providers who play an important, supportive role in helping a person who lives with a disease or disorder experience a quality of life. Therapeutic methods such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, physical therapy, and aqua therapy can provide an holistic approach to improving your health. Counselors and social workers may add direction and strategy to your wellness plan, helping you work toward small and large goals. Health centers, typically affiliated with area hospitals, may offer support groups with people facing similar challenges that meet together in a casual setting to share and offer advice on how to manage symptoms and stressors. It is also very common today to find helpful information on a hospital’s website or from online podcasts—(here is an example: http://myhealth.umassmemorial.org/Wellness/Backandneck/ ).
Achieving a level of control over emotions and establishing ways of handling everyday events will help you make decisions for your life moving forward with a disabling health condition. Legal advice for someone who needs to make decisions is individualized, based on what the person is facing, where they are in their life (young, mid-life, or nearing retirement age)—with all factors being considered.
UNDERSTANDING DISABILITY LAW
Disability laws were created to provide an income to a person if their medical condition(s) is severe enough to prevent them from doing work to earn an income for themselves.
Social Security pays benefits to individuals who are unable to work due to medical conditions that are expected to last for at least one year, or will result in death.
There are various severities of the symptoms people who live with disorders and diseases may suffer from, and this is a factor the Social Security Administration looks at when determining your eligibility for benefits.
Regardless of the situation, making a claim for Social Security Disability can be challenging for those unfamiliar with it or dealing with difficult symptoms from their medical condition. Having an attorney representing you can increase the likelihood your claim is accepted, as well as answer your questions when they arise.
There are no fees charged to you for contacting an attorney for answers to your questions regarding your claim and how it is being handled.
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