Yes, you may be able to apply again. As you know all too well, the symptoms and the severity of multiple sclerosis can change over time. When you first applied for Social Security disability, you may have had a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, but you may not have qualified for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) may have found that you could still work.
But Now You Can’t and It Might be Time to Reapply for Benefits
If you recently applied for benefits then you may be able to appeal the SSA’s denial of your application. However, it sounds like several months, or more, have passed since your initial Social Security disability application and that your medical condition has changed significantly. Accordingly, you may need to reapply for benefits with the new medical information.
How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Approved
You know that you can’t work, but the SSA is not going to simply take your word for it. Instead, you are going to have to provide specific documentation about your condition and about your work history so that the SSA has the necessary facts to approve your application. This can be confusing and time consuming; however, it is important. If you make a mistake or forget a piece of documentation then your otherwise valid application may be denied by the SSA. Thus, it is important to take the time to fill out a complete and accurate application now so that you can get the benefits that you deserve.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.