When New Jersey residents are suffering from a neurological disorder, it can be exceedingly problematic for them to work and function normally. This makes it necessary to consider whether they meet the benefits’ requirements to get Social Security Disability (SSD). There are several factors that must be considered when filing for benefits including whether they meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria under disorganization of motor function and if they have extreme limitation. For these issues and more when seeking SSD benefits, having legal help is imperative.
The SSA will assess disorganization of motor function meaning interference in the movement of two extremities. This can be the upper and lower extremities with hands, fingers, wrists, arms, shoulders, legs, feet and more. It can be in any combination of extremities provided there are at least two. The person must be limited in his or her ability to stand when seated; or to balance when walking or standing; or to use the upper extremities.
When considering the issues of extreme limitation, the standing from a seated position, balancing when walking or standing and using the upper extremities are considered in the context of being able to do basics of work, to sustain them and complete them. With the inability to stand from a seated position, it means that when the person is seated, he or she cannot stand and stay upright if they do not have help from another person or use a device like a walker. Inability to maintain balance when standing means they cannot stay upright when walking or standing if they do not have the above-mentioned assistance. With inability to use upper extremities, it means they have a severe loss of function and cannot do work related activities that involve fine or gross movements.
Any illness, injury or condition that damages a person’s neurological functioning can be the basis of being approved for disability. These issues can result in medical expenses and the inability to work making it critical to be approved for SSD. A law firm that has experience in all areas of Social Security Disability including those that result in neurological problems and their aftermath should be called for representation to apply.