Friedrich’s Ataxia and Social Security

The process of filing for disability aid from the Social Security Administration can be a prolonged one. In part to avoid fraud, the SSA is methodical and sometimes strict in deciding whether or not to give someone disability payments. They consider a number of factors relating to your condition before making a decision. But some illnesses are so severe that delaying treatment can have disastrous consequences.

One such disease is Friedrich’s Ataxia, which is an inherited neurological disorder. This condition results in progressive damage to the nervous system. Over time, the damage can lead to coordination problems, difficulty speaking, heart disease, and gait disturbance. The degeneration associated with Friedrich’s Ataxia is centered in the spinal cord and is particularly destructive to the neurons that direct muscle movement.

Friedrich’s Ataxia is one of many diseases that the SSA considers eligible for an immediate “compassionate allowance,” requiring less documentation than a typical full decision. In order to respond to the needs of citizens more quickly, the SSA has compiled a list of 50 such conditions. Any proof of a diagnosis qualifies you for immediate aid from the government before a final decision on your case is made.

Continuing to receive help from the SSA does depend on getting a complete decision. Although a compassionate allowance can come with only a minimal diagnosis of Friedrich’s Ataxia, continued help requires more proof. The amount paperwork and medical evidence necessary for filing for disability is much greater than many people expect, and the process of filing a full application can be a stressful one lasting several weeks.

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Wading through all the paperwork can be a challenge, particularly coupled with the challenges a condition like Friedrich’s Ataxia presents. But with the help of the compassionate Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, you can lessen the burden of filing your claim and maximize your results, giving you more time and money to focus on getting well. To discuss your case with a lawyer, contact us today at (800) 520-3633.