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From involuntary muscle spasms to stumbling and personality changes, the symptoms of Huntington’s disease (HD) can make everyday living a challenge. A progressive disease, it renders you unable to work from its earliest stages.

Weekly SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) BENEFIT checks can help you get on more stable financial ground so you can focus on getting the care you need.

There’s no cure for HD, but medications, physical therapy and talk therapy can help manage some symptoms.
Once you’re approved for SSDI benefits, you’ll also be eligible for Medicare after a qualifying period. This coverage is vital at any stage but particularly later on, when full-time skilled nursing care is required.
APPLYING FOR BENEFITS for Huntington’s disease isn’t easy and there’s no guarantee of success.

Because some people in the earliest stages of HD can still perform limited job duties, you’ll have to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your symptoms make it impossible for you to work.
A doctor’s diagnosis alone won’t be enough. You’ll need documented evidence according to SSA’s rules and regulations.

Severe Huntington’s disease, however, can qualify for faster approval of benefits under what Social Security calls a “Compassionate Allowance.”

You don’t have to figure out on your own how to navigate the system for getting benefits. In Hanley Disability, you can find an advocate who will help you every step of the way. In fact, Social Security Disability Is All We Do.

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

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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
  • Depression
  • 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.

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Does Huntington’s Disease Qualify Me for SSD in Indiana?

The SSA will need to see documented medical and non-medical evidence to assess the effects of your neurological disorder on your ability to work.

Medical evidence should include your:

  • Medical history
  • Examination findings
  • Laboratory test results
  • Imaging results

Non-medical evidence includes statements you or others make about your impairments, your restrictions, your daily activities, or your efforts to work.

The SSA says your neurological disorder must result in a marked limitation in physical functioning and a marked limitation in at least one of four areas of mental functioning:

  • Understanding, remembering or applying information
  • Interacting with others
  • Concentrating, persisting or keeping pace on a task
  • Adapting to changes in your environment or managing your own behavior and needs

It’s a lot of legwork to put together a disability claim. And you’re already struggling with a strained energy level.

But a disability advocate can gather all of the material for you, help you present it to Social Security, and pursue any options available to you such as a Compassionate Allowance.

Hanley Disability knows how to help Hoosiers make their best case for life-changing disability income. We’ve helped thousands of people in Indiana.

It costs you nothing up front to work with our team of disability advocates on your disability claim for Huntington’s disease. You only pay a fee for an advocate when you win your SSD claim.

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You can get Hanley Disability to help you win disability benefits without paying any fee up front. You only pay when you win benefits, and even then your fee comes out of back benefits, not your future disability checks.

Being too sick to work is likely one of the most stressful times in your life. Don’t navigate the government’s complex Social Security Disability program on your own.

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