Huntington’s disease

Social Security Disability for Huntington's Disease

Facts About Social Security Disability For Huntington’s Disease

If someone finds that they have Huntington’s disease then they have a genetic brain disorder. It’s among several brain disorders that a person might potentially have and this particular one usually results in reduced coordination, certain psychiatric issues, and a decline in cognition. For most people, the symptoms related to this disease will start showing itself in their middle age. Here we’ll take a look at the process for getting Social Security disability for Huntington’s disease.

Huntington's disease

What Types Of Symptoms Does This Disease Have That Makes It So Devastating?

Issues with cognition include dementia, loss of memory, both short-term and long-term, and the lack of ability to do many normal activities during the course of a day. The individual who has this condition may also have sudden changes in their personality. They may begin to experience depression or anxiety.

The patient may begin to withdraw and have a lack of emotional response to anything in their life. They may also become very aggressive and irritable and they may begin to exhibit compulsive behavior. Some people will become suicidal.

Physically they may begin having uncontrollable movements or jerky movements and reduced coordination. This is due to a loss of control with their muscles and it may even mean that they find that it’s difficult to speak or swallow. Very often these problems will lead to malnutrition and weight loss.

What Is The Process For Getting Social Security Disability For Huntington’s Disease?

When it comes to the SSA, it will be necessary to demonstrate to them that you meet specific requirements for them to approve you for disability. They have a number of impairments listed that you might show you have or you may be able to demonstrate that your mental capacity is no longer enough to continue working, or your physical capacity has reduced to a level that you are no longer able to work. This condition can be listed under two different types of disorders.

You may be diagnosed as having a neurodegenerative disease. This diagnosis is given when you have certain neurological disorders. If, on the other hand, you have mental issues or reduce cognitive function then the diagnosis could be listed as a neurocognitive disease. If you have physical problems then you’ll have to meet the conditions listed as neurological. If you have mental problems then you’ll have to prove that you have a neurocognitive condition.

What Types Of Benefits Are Available For Those With Huntington’s disease?

Adults who have been diagnosed with this condition can apply to programs such as SSI, SSDI, and Medicare. Anyone who has been diagnosed and has a condition that is completely debilitating can apply to these programs so that they have both income and medical coverage for their needs. The Social Security Administration has very specific guidelines in order to be approved.

In a best-case scenario, you might be able to be approved after several months. It is unlikely that you could get approval in less time than that. Unfortunately, however, it could take much longer than that. In fact, if you are initially denied then refiling with SSA could take a year or more. This is why it’s highly advisable that you seek the assistance of a disability advocate to help with the process.

Need Help Getting Your Disability Claim Approved?

If you or a loved one need help getting your disability claim approved, contact a GAR Disability Advocate today for a free consultation.

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