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Social Security Disability for Multiple Sclerosis
in Metairie, New Orleans
& Louisiana

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    Get Help with Financial Relief from Someone Who Understands

    A multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis changes everything. Your immune system attacks nerve fibers, and the symptoms can range from tingling feelings in your arms and legs to losing the ability to walk. It may stay dormant for long periods only to flare up at any moment. And there is no cure.

    Its unpredictability can make working difficult to downright impossible. In the toughest MS cases, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are a lifeline to help you and your family continue to live as close to a normal life as possible.

    Accessing SSD benefits, however, is not easy. It takes careful planning and attention to details when you’re filling out a disability application.

    This is where Empower Disability can help. Our Metairie and New Orleans disability lawyers are trained to guide you through the system.

    Better yet, we listen.

    We want what’s best for you and your family, and we work to empower you to get you the support you deserve.

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    How to Qualify for Disability Benefits with Multiple Sclerosis in New Orleans, Metairie and Beyond

    Multiple sclerosis can impact a person’s motor skills, and entire sense of well-being. To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, your case needs to meet Social Security’s definition of MS as a chronic illness that impacts you in one of two ways:

    1. Severe impairment of at least two limbs that extremely limits your ability to stand up from sitting, or balance while standing, or walk, or prevent you from using your arms.
    2. A marked limitation in your motor skills coupled with an inability to concentrate, understand, remember and apply information, interact with others, or manage yourself at work.

    If you can prove through your medical records that multiple sclerosis prevents you from working almost entirely, your chances of securing Social Security Disability benefits are higher. But details matter.

    You will need to show in-depth evidence of your symptoms. Documents that can prove your case include:

    • The results of physical and cognitive exams
    • Any hospitalization records related to your MS
    • MRIs
    • Lumbar puncture exams
    • Blood tests

    Your claim also benefits from records of missed work and comments from friends, family and employers who know the hardships you face.

    A disability lawyer can be a strong ally to help you gather all the proper information and get through the process.

    Don’t hesitate to give Empower Disability a call—our team can take this workload off your hands and give you the best chance of a successful claim.

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    Can I Work and Still Claim Disability Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis?

    Balancing your MS with your financial well-being is like walking a tightrope.

    Unfortunately, so is bringing in some income by working as you wait on your disability claim.

    That doesn’t mean it is impossible. Sometimes, people with MS can work a small amount. When considering your claim, Social Security looks at what it considers to be “substantial gainful activity”—an income limit set at $1,470 a month in 2023.

    You have to earn less than substantial gainful activity to get disability benefits. So be careful about working while filing for benefits; your benefits may be denied or stopped.

    But the rule does allow you to earn some much-needed money to keep up with bills and keep food on the table while still pursuing federal financial assistance to make your life and dealing with MS more manageable.

    All of this careful planning on top of living with MS saps your energy. This is where Empower Disability can relieve your burden.

    You don’t have to do all the legwork. We can offer support in this process. Take a load off yourself, call us today, and get back to living your best possible life.

    We’ve helped thousands of people in the New Orleans area, from Kenner, Metairie, New Orleans and Chalmette to Gretna, Marrero, Houma, the Northshore and Hammond. If you’re anywhere in Louisiana, you can get help from the Empower Disability attorneys.

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    Empower Disability Helps from Beginning to End

    Are you just starting to look into disability benefits? Do you need to file an application? Have you already filed and been denied? No matter where you are, Empower Disability can help.

    Get Answers to Your Disability Benefits Questions

    The Social Security Disability system can seem cold, complicated and uncaring. You’ll have a lot of questions but not always fast answers. At Empower Disability, taking care of you is our mission. We’ve prepared answers to some of the most frequent disability benefits questions.

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