Malignant Multiple Sclerosis (Malignant MS) and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Malignant multiple sclerosis (malignant MS) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Malignant MS?
Malignant MS is a very rare subtype of MS characterized by a rapid and severe onset of symptoms such that those affected require assistance with personal care and ambulation within 5 years of onset. MS is a condition in which myelin, the substance that coats and insulates nerve fibers, deteriorates as lesions of plaque form in the brain and spinal cord; consequently, the brain can no longer effectively transmit nerve impulses to other areas of the body and an individual’s neurological and physical faculties deteriorate. Malignant MS is a pronounced and accelerated version of this progression. There is no cure for malignant MS; treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
Malignant MS Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of malignant MS include:
- Weakness in the extremities
- Loss of coordination and balance
- Speech impediments
- Hearing and vision impairments
- Bowel and bladder difficulties
- Frequent falls
- Cognitive impairment
- Loss of ability to focus
- Memory loss
- Behavioral changes
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and Malignant MS
Malignant MS automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with malignant MS, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with malignant MS, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.