Living with a chronic condition that severely limits a person’s ability to work is frustrating. Many people worry that they will be unable to provide financial support for themselves and their dependents when suffering from a disability. Fortunately, social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are available for people who are truly unable to work.

SSDI benefits are earned while a person works. Standard paycheck deductions are used to fund the program, so disabled individuals who have worked throughout their lives have already earned the benefits for which they are applying. Properly following the application process is an important step to receiving the SSDI benefits that are needed to pay for basic necessities like housing and groceries.

What is Myasthenia Gravis?

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a condition that causes severe muscle weakness. This condition is classified as an autoimmune disease. MG occurs when the muscles and nerves are not able to communicate. People who suffer from this condition are unable to be physically active for a prolonged period of time. The muscles quickly become very weak during any type of physical activity. Rest allows the muscles to regain strength.

MG affects muscles throughout the body. Muscle weakness in the face and ocular region is typically the first sign that a person is suffering from the condition. For example, weakness around the mouth can cause a person to slur their speak. Weakness in the ocular region can cause a pronounced drooping of the eyes.

People who suffer from MG can experience a severe complication known as myasthenic crisis. This complication results in the paralysis of the muscles controlling respiration. People who experience this complication must be put on respirators to regulate their breathing.

Determining SSDI Eligibility For Myasthenia Gravis

Suffering from MG does not automatically qualify an individual for SSDI benefits. Some people are still able to complete job tasks, but there are individuals who are completely unable to work. The Social Security Administration reviews the details of each case to determine whether a person is qualified for benefits. MG sufferers must meet the requirements listed below in order to qualify.

– The applicant must have severe difficulties with breathing, swallowing or speaking. These difficulties must be present despite treatments. MG can be treated with medications, therapy or surgery, but some individuals do not respond well to these treatment options. People who are still unable to breathe, swallow or speak without difficulty after trying all of the treatment options available for MG are likely to qualify for SSDI benefits.

– The applicant must have severe muscle weakness in the arms or legs that also limits mobility. This weakness and limited mobility must be present despite the pursuit of all available treatment options.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to prove that one of the complications outlined above is present. It is important for SSDI applicants to seek medical attention from a licensed doctor. Medical providers should keep detailed records related to the condition.

A date of diagnosis will be required, and the Social Security Administration will review information related to tests, symptoms, complications and limitations that relate to the disability. Applications that do not include medical records that have been completed by licensed medical providers will be denied, so it is best for applicants to gather as much evidence as possible during the initial application.

Help for those Living with Myasthenia Gravis

Applying for SSDI benefits is a difficult and overwhelming process. Many applicants feel confused and alone. Denials are common, and people who feel that they truly are unable to work may feel hopeless after receiving a denial. SSDI attorneys are skilled at guiding applicants through the application process. Legal professionals who specialize in SSDI cases are knowledgeable about meeting application requirements to allow applicants to improve their chances of being approved for benefits.

To speak to an experienced disability lawyer about Myasthenia Gravis and other disability claims, please contact our office or call (215) 464-7200. The initial consultation is free of charge. There are no upfront costs or out-of-pocket fees. You pay us nothing until we win your case.