How Do I Prove to Social Security that I Can’t Work Because of HD?
The SSA recognizes Huntington’s disease as qualifying for disability benefits under its listing of impairments, Section 11.0 for adult neurological disorders that may cause limitations in physical and mental functioning.
Because HD is a progressive brain disorder caused by a defective gene in which nerve cells in the brain break down over time, it causes changes in the central area of the brain that affect movement, mood and thinking skills.
Symptoms can include:
- Difficulty concentrating and memory lapses
- Stumbling and clumsiness
- Involuntary jerking or fidgety movements of the limbs and body
- Mood swings and personality changes
- Problems swallowing, speaking and breathing
- Difficulty moving
The Compassionate Allowances program, which Huntington’s disease qualifies for, is Social Security’s way of quickly identifying medical conditions that obviously meet the requirements to get disability benefits—namely that you are completely unable to work for the long term because of your health problems.
Brain disorders are included on the Compassionate Allowances list, along with many cancers.
A Compassionate Allowance can speed up a decision on your disability benefits, possibly by months.
When you’re up against a condition like Huntington’s disease, at Hanley Disability, we’d like to help you reach a more secure place in your life.
We believe in giving you the dignity and respect you deserve as you seek disability benefits and greater financial stability.
In Indiana, talk to us about Social Security Disability benefits for Huntington’s disease.