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Can Huntington’s Disease Qualify for SSDI Benefits?

Published on July 2nd, 2020

If you, or someone you love is afflicted with Huntington’s Disease, it is likely that this condition has significantly impacted your day-to-day life in a myriad of ways. Huntington’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder which affects approximately 30,000 people in the United States. If you are one of these individuals, then you are probably all too aware that this condition, which causes the gradual deterioration of nerve cells in the brain causes significant cognitive and physical challenges. Sadly, there is no known cure at this time.

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If you find yourself struggling with Huntington’s Disease, you may feel overwhelmed. You may feel uncomfortable, and anxious about how to handle the symptoms of this condition, or even angry about the way it has changed your life or robbed you of the opportunity to enjoy things you once loved. All of these feelings are normal and understandable. One thing that you should never feel though, is alone.

As you struggle with this disease and its side effects, what you need most is to focus on your health and on spending time with those you love, enjoying life as much as you can. That means not having to worry about how you’ll pay your bills and provide for your needs amidst all of your other concerns. That’s where we come in.

At the Law Office of Daniel Berger, our specialty is helping clients who suffer from debilitating and disabling conditions seek the Social Security disability benefits that they need and to which they are entitled as a result of their condition. We have years of experience pursuing benefits on behalf of clients just like you, and we’re here to help. If you have Huntington’s Disease, here’s what you need to know about applying for SSDI.

What to Know About Applying for Benefits if You Have Huntington’s Disease

Regardless of the condition which has caused you to be disabled, it is important to know that in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must show either that your condition meets criteria of one of the impairments included on the Social Security administration’s list, or that you no longer have the physical or mental ability to work as a result of your disability. Sometimes, individuals have a disabling condition that does not fit neatly on the “list”, and in those cases, receiving disability is focused on pursuing a case that presents medical proof that you’re unable to work as a result of your condition. That is not usually true of Huntington’s Disease.

Typically, because Huntington’s Disease is such a seriously debilitating condition for which there is no cure, that having it will qualify an SSDI applicant for what is known as a “compassionate allowance”. These allowances are a way to quickly identify certain medical conditions and diseases which by their very definition, meet the Social Security Administration’s standards for disability benefits. Qualifying for a compassionate allowance means that the application process for SSDI benefits is sped up dramatically, and that those who qualify can begin receiving the benefits they need and deserve without the stress and anxiety associated with a longer wait time. Instead of waiting several months for a decision on a claim, those with Huntington’s should expect to receive a response much more quickly than that.

Those who are seeking the compassionate allowance typically need to provide medical proof that their diagnosis falls within the parameters of the listing. Medical records that document the ongoing progression of symptoms, including cognitive, psychiatric, and motor symptoms, psychological or psychiatric testing reports, or lab test results showing the genetic markers for the condition can all be helpful proof in this regard. Gathering this proof is the first important step toward pursuing the benefits you need and deserve for your condition.

Contact The Law Office of Daniel Berger Today

Without question, if you suffer from Huntington’s Disease, you have more than enough on your plate as you try to manage your symptoms and make the most of each day despite your illness. The last thing you need is to find yourself bogged down with confusing legal details and loopholes as you try to apply for benefits, or worrying about your financial situation because you’re unable to work as a result of your disease. That’s what we’re here for. At The Law Office of Daniel Berger, we know that the process of applying for disability benefits can seem overwhelming and complex. We’re here to help you navigate the process so that you can focus on what’s most important – your health and well-being. We have years of experiencing successfully helping clients just like you apply for and receive the disability benefits they need and deserve, and we would love to help you too. Visit our website at www.nydisability.com, or call us at (855)444-7024. We look forward to speaking with you soon.


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