Have you ever had that “creepy crawly” sensation or the feeling of “pins and needles” in your legs that can only be relieved by moving them? If you’re like 10 percent of people in America, then you have experienced what it’s like to have restless legs syndrome. Though this condition is not considered life threatening by any stretch of the imagination, it can have a huge impact on a person’s life, which is a point we made in one of our articles on the subject.
According to WebMD, doctors aren’t even sure what exactly causes restless legs syndrome. It’s believed that it can occur because of everything from sleep deprivation to chronic diseases. The sensation felt by people also ranges in intensity from a mild feeling to intolerable jitters. In many cases though, this physical condition has a significant effect on a person’s ability to sleep, which can then impact their day-to-day lives.
Although restless legs syndrome could qualify as a sleep disorder, it’s important for our New Jersey readers to know that a person would still need to prove with documentation how the condition is affecting their life in the event that they did file for disability benefits. A person would need to present evidence that showed an effect on their overall health, day-to-day life and even their job. Unless you’re familiar with the disability application process though, you might not know how necessary this information will be to your claim.
Though most people might not think to ask an attorney for help when applying for benefits, those who have are often glad they did. That’s because lawyers who understand how the Social Security disability system works are able to convey this knowledge to applicants so that they understand what to do in order to obtain the benefits they need and feel they deserve.