Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Disability Benefits Lawyer

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). The Social Security attorneys of Chermol & Fishman, LLC, in Philadelphia, represent people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in disability benefits claims.

About Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) destroys myelin, which acts as a protective layer of insulation around nerve tissue. Like a frayed electrical cord, the loss of the protective layer of myelin disrupts the body’s ability to send and receive electrical impulses. Messages moving to and from the brain, through the spinal cord to other parts of the body are interrupted, faulty or stopped altogether.

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) vary widely, depending on the areas of the central nervous system that are affected. No two people experience exactly the same symptoms. Vision loss, coordination, numbness or tingling in the limbs, burning sensations, fatigue, weakness, spasticity, balance problems, bladder and bowel problems, tremors, and depression are all common symptoms.

The disease can be episodic, with periods of recovery between relapses, or it can become progressively worse.

Challenging Cases for Disability Claims

Obtaining disability benefits from Social Security on the basis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can be challenging for a number of reasons:

  • The symptoms can wax and wane.
  • The symptoms can be caused by many different conditions.
  • The disease often strikes people in their 20s and 30s. SSA tends to closely scrutinize applications from younger people.

Document Your Disability

Our lawyers encourage people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to keep a journal of their symptoms and to be very careful to document the side effects of any medications they take. Even if medications improve your overall symptoms, documentation of the side effects can contribute to the success of a multiple sclerosis (MS) disability claim.