How Much Does Disability Pay with Parkinson's?

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative medical disorder that has a profound effect on the central nervous system (CNS). It is caused by the death of cells which have dopamine (a neurotransmitter) in the midbrain.

Typically, genetics has been linked to the onset of this disease, but this has not been confirmed so the cause is not yet known. Early symptoms usually start with tremors located in the hands when they are stationary.

Another clear symptom is what is called “pill rolling.” This is a circular motion created when the thumb’s tip meets the end part of your index finger. Often, the symptoms affect one side of the body more than the other.

Other symptoms that develop over time making it difficult to work include the slowing down of activities that involve movement like writing and walking. As the disease worsens, it causes balance problems for the victim that could cause falls and fractures.

Eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSDI) Benefits for Parkinson’s Disease

The Social Security Administration {SSA} has Parkinson’s disease in the Blue Book 11.06 listing which means that after it has been diagnosed, the victim may qualify for SSDI benefits.

The main requirement is not being able to go to work. You have to be able to prove that you have lost control of two extremities which could be one arm and one leg, two arms or two legs.

Also, limitations to your ability to think clearly, difficulties when interacting with other people and concentration problems can all be used to determine your eligibility for SSDI benefits.

If your symptoms do not quite qualify you for benefits you may be considered under the “medical-vocational” rules.

To qualify for benefits under these rules you need to provide evidence to show your medical condition limits your ability to undertake basic activities related to a job. If you are at least 50 years old, your chances of being eligible for benefits are higher.

Additionally, if you have less education and have mostly worked in unskilled jobs you have a better chance of your SSDI benefit’s claim being approved.

An SSA doctor will study your medical records and assign a physical residual functional capacity (RFC). This determines what type of work you could do and to get SSDI benefits you will be classified as unable to perform even light duties.

How Much Does Disability Pay with Parkinson's?

Applying For SSDI Benefits and How Much You May Receive for Parkinson's

Deciding on the amount of SSDI benefits will depend on the amount of money you have earned and contributed to the Social Security system.

For those who were eligible to claim SSI received on average $943 per month. The amounts are dependent on how many dependents you have.

Eligibility for SSI is based on you not receiving more than $2,000 from other income sources. If you are married the cap is $3,000. You will need to take an asset test as well, but your home and one vehicle is not included in this.

You May Need to Hire a Disability Lawyer to Help You with Your Parkinson’s Claim

Parkinson’s is in the Blue Book list which makes filing a claim for SSDI benefits much easier. However, many claims get denied, so to avoid this happening to you asking a disability lawyer to help will give you a higher chance of winning a claim.

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