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Cerebral palsy and Social Security disability

Many Americans have suffered an injury or illness that has left them on the sideline for a period of time. Most, though, are able to recover from their condition and return to work. Others, though, suffer for a long time, and their condition's effects can dramatically change their lives for years to come. This is especially true when an injury or illness leaves an individual unable to work. Such a situation can leave an individual fearful about how to pay medical expenses, pay the rent or mortgage and even put food on the table. Fortunately, those who have suffered a debilitating injury or illness may be able to recover Social Security disability benefits to help cover their losses.

One qualifying condition is cerebral palsy. Often caused by a birth injury, sufferers may face a life-long struggle to achieve what others would consider a normal life. Yet, despite the well-known severity of this medical condition, those seeking SSD benefits still need to demonstrate that they meet the Social Security Administration's requirements before they can receive compensation.

For this condition there are three ways to qualify for SSD benefits. First, an individual can show that his or her motor function is damaged in two extremities. This disorganization of function must affect the individual's ability to use his or her upper extremities, stand or walk. Second, an individual may qualify for SSD if he or she struggles with remembering or understanding information, concentrating, managing one's self or interacting with other people. Third, a cerebral palsy sufferer may qualify for SSD benefits if he or she can evidence that the condition affects his or her hearing, speech or vision.

Of course, the SSA denies many initial claims for a number of reasons. For this reason, those who believe they qualify for SSD benefits should be sure that their claims are as strong as possible and are fully supported by medical and work history evidence. Those who wish to seek assistance with these matters can speak with an experienced attorney who can provide competent guidance.

Source: Social Security Administration, "11.00 - Neurological - Adult," accessed on March 6, 2017

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