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Financial Support So You Can Live Your Fullest Life

Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) is unpredictable and sometimes debilitating. You once may have been able to go to work, take care of your kids, and run errands with ease. Now it can be hard to get up in the morning.

Social Security Disability benefits, provided by the federal government, were created to help people in exactly this situation. With these benefits, you can get the financial support you need not only to survive, but to live your fullest life with MS. Benefits can give you a sense of security and independence during this tough time.

The only problem is that the government makes it challenging to win benefits.

But with the help of Hanley Disability, a disability firm in Indianapolis, you can give yourself the best possible chance of receiving Social Security Disability when you really need it.

We’ve been helping people in Indianapolis, Danville, Franklin, Lebanon, Noblesville and across Central Indiana for more than 45 years.

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Once you’re denied benefits, the clock starts ticking. Don’t wait too long. You might miss the deadline to appeal.

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Showing Social Security How MS Affects Your Life

Nearly 1 million people over the age of 18 have multiple sclerosis in the United States, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
MS has four basic disease courses:

  1. Clinically isolated symptoms
  2. Relapsing-remitting MS
  3. Secondary progressive MS
  4. Primary progressive MS

Many MS symptoms can impact your day-to-day functioning and get worse over time. The key to winning Social Security Disability benefits is demonstrating how your symptoms leave you unable to work.

Possible symptoms you can document include:

  • Loss of balance
  • Hearing loss
  • Depression
  • Vision problems
  • Problems with walking
  • Coordination issues
  • Fatigue
  • Speech problems
  • Numbness
  • Bowel and bladder issues
  • Weakness
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Social Security Disability requires you to prove, using evidence, that your symptoms are significantly disrupting your life.

    If you wonder whether you have a claim for benefits, you can have an initial conversation with our disability advocates at no cost to you.

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    Qualifying for Social Security Disability for MS

    To qualify for Social Security Disability in Indianapolis, you need to gather medical records confirming that your MS has become severe enough that you cannot work.

    Even if you know you can’t function like you used to, the government won’t just take your word for it. You have to show them documentation, such as:

    • Physical examination reports
    • Hospitalization records
    • Blood tests
    • Cognitive exam results
    • MRI scans
    • Lumbar puncture exams

    Part of your claim for benefits is showing that your debilitating MS symptoms have lasted, or are expected to last, at least 12 months.

    The Social Security Administration lists impairments that can qualify you for disability benefits, and multiple sclerosis is among them.

    You also must not be working over a certain amount in order to qualify for disability benefits.

    Before you apply for Social Security Disability, you should keep a record of your symptoms. It’s best to receive regular medical treatment, which creates the documents and evidence that you need.

    Hanley Disability can help you organize all of this information.

    Getting Help from Hanley Disability

    If you could start receiving Social Security Disability, you know that you’d be able to lead a more fulfilling, less anxiety-filled life. You could worry less about providing for yourself and your family.

    That peace of mind does wonders for you, but the application or appeals process intimidates you.

    If you need help applying for Social Security Disability for the first time or appealing a denial, talk to the disability advocates at Hanley Disability.

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