As a rare neurological disease, corticobasal degeneration can produce considerable brain and nerve damage. The result can be a substantial loss of income because of the inability to hold down a job.
Fortunately, corticobasal degeneration (CBD) is one of the medical conditions that automatically qualify for disability benefits. The key to receiving Compassionate Allowance is to match the symptoms of the disease to the symptoms listed by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Understanding the Compassionate Allowance List
Because the SSA does not promote Compassionate Allowance, far too many patients struggling with a disability do not know about the fast-track approval program. Because of the severity of the symptoms, Compassionate Allowance for corticobasal degeneration is an effective way to get fast approval for Social Security disability benefits. In addition to a quicker approval process, Compassionate Allowance offers other benefits for applicants.
You do not have to wait for Medicare financial assistance to kick in while you wait for a decision from the SSA concerning your Compassionate Allowance request.
Medicare is the perfect financial bridge to receive disability benefits. You do not have to complete an application if you have already submitted a disability application with the SSA. The SSA simply processes your original application for Compassionate Allowance eligibility. Compassionate Allowance delivers prompt payments, as well as possibly qualifies you for retroactive financial assistance.
Compassionate Allowance for Corticobasal Degeneration
The problem with getting approved for Compassionate Allowance for corticobasal degeneration is not that your symptoms do meet the severity criteria as outlined by the SSA. The issue lies with the symptoms of corticobasal degeneration matching other brain degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Corticobasal degeneration typically attacks the upper front section of the brain and the tissue that surrounds the cortex. The disease generally develops in people between the ages of 40 and 75.
Aches, stiffness, and slow, awkward movements represent the first signs of the disease. Then, difficulty with speaking and comprehending speech moves the symptoms into a more serious category. Eventually, CBD can morph into a disease that triggers severe muscle spasms and a major loss of balance. Serious cases of the disease can lead to patients falling and breaking bones.
Convincing Medical Evidence Gets Your Disability Benefits Approved for CBD
To qualify for disability benefits with corticobasal degeneration, you need to submit the results of specific diagnostic tests. Recent research has narrowed down the most accurate diagnostic tests for the disease. Your physician first reviews the pattern of your symptoms to determine whether they have gotten worse over time.
Then, your doctor might conduct different scans of the brain to search for abnormalities. Two of the most effective brain scans for CBD are an MRI and a PET scan. Both tests measure neural activity in the brain.
Brain scans are used more for confirming the presence of serious symptoms rather than being the evidence that convinces the SSA to award you Compassionate Allowance benefits. Your physician needs to submit paperwork that describes your severe symptoms to strengthen your claim.
Contact a Disability Benefits Attorney
A Social Security lawyer can help you collect and organize the medical evidence you need to get fast-track approval for disability benefits with CBD. Many Social Security attorneys refer clients to physicians that conduct extensive diagnostic testing. This is an especially helpful legal service for a patient who suffers from severe CBD symptoms.