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The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced this week that they will reevaluate its guidelines and qualifying criteria related to neurological disorders in an attempt to make certain that its policies and rules are fair for those suffering from brain injuries or conditions that make them unable to work. The announcement was made in their Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) and the reevaluation will take place throughout next year.

The SSA recognizes a number of neurological disorders, conditions and diseases:

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Brain tumors
  • Persistent disorganization of motor function in the form of paresis or paralysis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Anterior poliomyelitis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Huntington’s chorea
  • Friedreich’s ataxia
  • Spino-cerebellar degeneration
  • Syringomyelia
  • Meningitis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Stroke

Neurological disorders pose a unique problem to SSA judges and employees – brain injuries and conditions can be difficult to quantify, diagnose, and treat properly. Many hope that the new guidelines for considering these diseases will help those with brain and head conditions secure the disability payments they deserve.

If you suffer from one of the above neurological issues long-term – and that issue prevents you from continuing work – you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. To learn more about your possible disability claim, you may speak to one of the Dallas Social Security disability attorneys at Morgan & Weisbrod. Call today at 800.800.6353 to schedule a free, private appointment.

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by Paul B. Burkhalter
Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.


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