Alzheimer’s is a serious and chronic form of dementia that affects the brain, and which causes problems with memory, behavior, and cognitive function. The majority of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease are over 65, but it is not entirely unheard of for early-onset Alzheimer’s to develop in people as young as 40. Regardless of when it develops, it is almost always overwhelming and devastating – to those who experience it, and to those who love them.
If someone you love struggles with Alzheimer’s Disease, the chances are high that you probably often feel uncertain as to how to cope with this disease. You may continually feel anxious and sad – even angry. All of those feelings are normal and understandable. What you shouldn’t feel though, is alone, or as if you are struggling without the possibility of help or assistance. In fact, if someone you love is suffering from Alzheimer’s, there is a significantly high chance that he or she may qualify for social security disability benefits.
At The Law Office of Daniel Berger, helping those who suffer from disabilities that entitle them to benefits is our specialty and our passion. We believe firmly that each and every person with a disability deserves dignity, and the right to live his or her best life. A big part of that is being able to live that life without continually worrying about financial difficulties as a result of a disability. If you or someone that you love has Alzheimer’s, read on to see whether or not you may qualify for benefits, and how you should go about pursuing them.
The Process of Applying for SSDI Benefits
While most laws seem complex to those who aren’t familiar with their details, the Social Security disability process, in a nutshell, exists to pay benefits to those who are considered totally disabled as a result of a medical condition, and unable to work. Pursuant to federal law, an individual is considered disabled if he or she:
- Cannot perform the work that he or she previously performed;
- Cannot adjust to any other work because of the disability;
- The disability has lasted, or will last for more than a year, or may even result in death.
If you can provide medical proof that your disability places you in the foregoing categories, and that you worked long enough (five out of the last ten years) and paid taxes to the federal government in accordance with your earnings, may qualify to receive monthly disability checks.
The good news for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s is that the Social Security Administration has added early onset Alzheimer’s to the list of conditions that qualify for its Compassionate Allowances program. This initiative is intended to allow those with the most serious types of disabilities to have access to an expedited process for determining eligibility for and then distributing benefits.
Even if you do not qualify for the compassionate allowance because your Alzheimer’s is not considered early onset, don’t panic, or worry that you may not qualify at all. Even if there isn’t an early-onset diagnosis, you may still be eligible for benefits if you can provide medical records which sufficiently prove that because of your condition, you are unable to perform any job on a full-time basis. This means providing evidence of your condition including your symptoms, and the effect they have on your day to day life.
Two of the most important elements in providing the necessary proof to receive benefits will be having a good doctor, and a good attorney. A good doctor will be able to explain your condition and its effects clearly and succinctly in medical records, and a good attorney will be able to pursue the best legal strategies on your behalf.
Call The Law Office of Daniel Berger Today
At The Law Office of Daniel Berger, we understand that Alzheimer’s can be a very difficult and debilitating illness in many ways, both for those going through it, and for the family members who love them. It can be emotionally painful and exhausting on every level, and the last thing that you or your loved one need during this time is to be worrying about financial difficulties. That’s why we’re here to help. Our dedicated team of professionals is here to help you navigate the complex legal aspects of applying for benefits so that you can focus on what’s most important – pursuing good health and quality time with the people you love most.
If you are ready to begin the process of helping your loved one apply for the benefits they need as a result of their Alzheimer’s Disease, we are here to help you get started and pursue the best legal strategies on your behalf. Visit our website at www.nydisability.com, or call us at (855)444-7024. We look forward to helping you soon.