Social Security Disability For Multiple Sclerosis
At the West Caldwell and Absecon The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur, we help clients throughout North and South New Jersey who have multiple sclerosis. From Atlantic City to Paterson, we help multiple sclerosis patients obtain the Social Security benefits they need and deserve.
Understanding Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord causing:
- Muscle weakness, coordination and balance issues
- Visual and cognitive problems
- Physical sensations such as numbness, tingling or prickling
These symptoms occur when the sheath that protects the nerve cells becomes damaged. This causes messages between the nerves and brain to be disrupted.
There is no known cause or cure for MS but drug therapies, including Corticosteroid medications such as Avonex, Betaseron, Rebif, Copaxone, Novantrone and Tysabri can slow the progress of the disease and alleviate symptoms. MS is most likely to occur in women age 20 to 40, but also occurs in men and can cause loss of ability or limitations in ability to speak, see and/or walk.
How To Qualify For SSD Benefits With MS
In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits an individual must show severe limitations in motor function, vision or in mental or cognitive functioning. Also, documentation of significant reproducible fatigue in the muscle groups related to neurological dysfunction may be used to prove disability.
You can prove your disability to the Social Security Administration in two ways. First, you can document that your condition or conditions meet or equal in severity the criteria found in the Social Security Commissioner’s regulations. Second, if you are an adult, you can document that your condition and symptoms are so severe that you are unable to work. If you are a child under 18, you must similarly show that your condition or conditions meet or equal in severity the criteria in the Social Security Commissioner’s regulations or that your condition is functionally equal to the Commissioner’s regulations.
Our Social Security Disability Practice
The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur has been representing individuals in their Social Security Disability appeals for more than 30 years. Let us help you receive your Social Security Disability benefits.
Our disability law firm represents individuals throughout the Social Security process, including:
- Filing their initial disability applications
- Handling cases at the initial level including appealing initial denials
- Handling cases at the reconsideration level including appealing reconsideration denials
- Handling cases at the hearings level
- Appealing and handling cases at the Appeals Council level
- Appealing and handling cases at the federal court level
- Handling SSI child’s disability cases at all levels
For more information about MS in New Jersey, visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website.
Contact The Firm To Learn More About Disability For MS
The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur represents clients throughout North and South New Jersey. Offices are open weekdays from nine to five, and your phone call will be promptly returned, to get you the answers you need.
With offices in both Essex County and Atlantic County, we are able to conveniently serve people from throughout the state.