Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) 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? Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is MSA?
MSA is a Parkinson’s-like, neurodegenerative disease that destroys the part of the nervous system that controls visceral functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, balance, bladder control, and perspiration. What causes MSA is unknown, but the disease often strikes men in their mid-50s and early 60s, though women can also be affected. There is no cure for MSA, which is eventually fatal; treatment is symptomatic and supportive.
Some of the symptoms of MSA include:
- Changes in facial expression (mask-like appearance, inability to close mouth, decreased ability to show facial expression, staring)
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Dizziness and fainting
- Reduced motor coordination
- Muscle rigidity
- Loss of ability to sweat in any part of the body
- Changes in vision
- Changes in voice and speech
- Mental decline
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 MSA
MSA 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 MSA, 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 MSA, 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.