Social Security Disability Benefits For Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) / Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Understand the SSDI qualifications for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a condition that is typically fast-tracked for benefits due to its severity. The process requires detailed medical documentation and proof of severe functional impairment. Knowing this critical information can improve your chances of getting SSDI for ALS.
SSDI Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) / Lou Gehrig’s Disease Eligibility Guidelines
Determine if an individual is working (engaging in substantial gainful activity) according to the SSA definition. Earning more than $1,470 a month as an employee is enough to be disqualified from receiving Social Security disability benefits.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is listed under the category of impairments known as Neurological – Medical Listing 11.10. Diagnosis of ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is based on clinically documented medical history, neurological findings consistent with the diagnosis of ALS, and electrophysiological and neuroimaging testing to rule out other impairments that may cause similar signs and symptoms. The diagnosis may also be supported by electrophysiological studies (electromyography or nerve conduction studies). The diagnosis must be documented by generally accepted methods consistent with the prevailing state of medical knowledge and clinical practice.
A definitive diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) / Lou Gehrig’s disease is all that is needed to secure SSA disability. Other factors such as age, education, past relevant work and/or residual functional capacity are not considered.
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