Being diagnosed with a serious illness is a difficult reality to face. This is especially true when it is an illness that progresses over time, causing an individual to eventually be consumed by the symptoms of the illness. While treatments may be available, it is likely that the treatment process in conjunction with the symptoms of the disease can make it difficult to lead a normal life. In some cases, it can be debilitating, causing many to explore their options with regards to Social Security disability benefits.

Take Parkinson’s disease for example. This is a neurodegenerative disease, and researchers do not know the exact cause of this disease at this time; however, the progression of this disease is widely studied. This disorder causes the arms ad legs to tremble incessantly, causing the muscles to become weaker and weaker and movements to get slower and slower.

With more than six million people affected by this illness worldwide, it is understood that this disease causes dopamine-producing nerve cells to slowly die off. The result of the lack of this neurotransmitter impairs the motor function of an individual, even impacting his or her cognitive abilities. This causes the disease to often significantly impact a person’s ability to maintain a normal life, as the disease continues to impact one’s life more and more.

Obtaining SSD benefits can be a obvious step to take; however, it is not always an easy step to take. One must prove eligibility, which is not always easy. Even when meeting the SSA’s definition of a disability, one must provide the proper evidence. Applications can be incomplete, causing a denial. This is difficult to deal with, but it doesn’t mean it cannot be addressed. It is possible to appeal a denial, helping an applicant the benefits that the need.