Huntingtons disease (HD) and info needed to win SSDI
Huntingtons disease (HD) is a genetic, health condition which results in the degeneration of brain cells or neurons. Although symptoms can vary from person to person, it is not unusual for sufferers to experience loss of controlled muscle movement, loss intellectual capabilities, and various emotional issues.
Other symptoms can include:
Slowness or stiffness
Difficulty solving problems
Changes in coordination or balance
Recently on our disability forum a user asked, If I have been diagnosed with Huntingtons disease will I qualify for SSDI benefits and what evidence do I need to present to the SSA to win benefits?
Social Security Disability and Huntingtons disease
The Social Security Administration (SSA) gives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to claimants who have a severe health condition which is so serious they are unable to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA) for at least 12 continuous months. Workers must also have paid into the SSDI system and earned enough work credits to qualify for SSDI and to be considered insured for benefits.
Additionally, if a worker is working and making too much money when they apply for benefits, the SSA will automatically deny their case, regardless of the severity of their health condition.
Diagnosing Huntingtons disease
The first step to win benefits for SSDI is to go to the doctor and get a diagnosis for your condition. To diagnosis Huntingtons disease you will need to complete a genetic test, get the proper laboratory tests, and submit to a medical history evaluation and neurological testing. Information can be gathered even before you become symptomatic if your doctor believes you may be at risk for this condition.
Next, you will want to get proper treatment for your condition and ensure that you are following your doctors treatment plan. The SSA will assume that if you are going to the doctor, taking your medications, and getting appropriate physical therapy, you are making your best effort to treat your condition.
Meeting the Compassionate Allowance Listing for Huntingtons Disease
In June of 2012, Huntingtons disease was added to the SSA Compassionate Allowance Listing. This addition means that claimants with this condition and severe symptoms can now have their claims expedited through the disability process.
If you have Huntingtons disease and your condition has degenerated to the point you cannot work, assuming you qualify for SSDI benefits, you may apply at any time your income is below the allowable limit.
So whether you have severe movement disorders, cognitive disorders, or psychiatric disorders related to Huntingtons disease you will simply have to submit your application, include your treatment sources, and note that your condition is on the Compassionate Allowance Listing.
If the SSA has enough information to conclude you have the disease, you have stopped working or earning too much money, and you meet the nonmedical requirements for SSDI, you should be approved for SSDI immediately. Additionally, you should not need to hire a lawyer to help you win benefits.