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Parkinson's disease patients can apply for SSD benefits


There may come a time when a person is affected by a disease that makes usual life very difficult. In addition to making everyday life a challenge, those diseases can make it very difficult for the patient to hold a job. In a situation such as this, not only do those patients experience physical and emotional anguish, but they may also have to deal with financial hardships. An example of such a disease is Parkinson's disease.

According to the Parkinson's Action Network, a prominent nonprofit organization that advocates better treatment and a cure for people suffering from Parkinson's disease, it is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder. Medical science groups Parkinson's disease with other disorders that pertain to the human motor system. The human motor system, in turn, is affected by a reduction in the number of cells that produce dopamine, which is a chemical that facilitates communication between the cells in the brain.

Thankfully, the Social Security Administration understands the challenges that Parkinson's patients experience andit includes the medical condition on its list of disabilities that are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Although Parkinson's was on that list for quite some time, the SSA reviewed the listing in 2014 and made significant changes to the disability determination process.

However, despite the fact that the SSA grants SSD benefits for Parkinson's disease, obtaining those benefits can be a challenge, especially for patients, because they are already trying their best to live with a disabling medical condition. Therefore, in order to obtain benefits within a reasonable amount of time and with the least amount of issues, seeking the assistance of an attorney experienced in such matters can help those involved make their way through the process with as little stress as possible.

Source: Parkinson's Action Network, "Social Security Disability," Accessed on Aug. 14, 2015

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