Monday, January 25, 2016

Myasthenia Gravis and Social Security Disability

Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a disabling neuromuscular disease that causes the muscles to become very weak when they are being used.  It is considered to be an autoimune disease and it breaks the communication between nerves and muscles.  MG has its own listing provided by the Social Security Disability regulations under the Neurological disorder Section 11.00.

Specifically , Social Security Listing 11.12 sets forth that the following conditions must be present in order to meet the listing:
A. Significant difficulty with speaking, swallowing, or breathing while on prescribed therapy; or B. Significant motor weakness of muscles of extremities on repetitive activity against resistance while on prescribed therapy.
Most Social Security Disability claimants do not have conditions related to MG that are severe enough to meet the listing.  However, due to the serious nature of the physical and mental limitations of the disease, they might not be able to work.  

With the help of a competent Social Security Disability Lawyer, a person with MG might be able to prove to the Social Security Adminstration that given his or her age, education and skill level there are no jobs that he or she can perform in the economy.  Social Security rules are very complex and there are many ways in which a person can prove his or her case.  A particular diagnois of a chronic condtion is not enough to win disability.  What really matters is being able to show the specific level of physical or mental limitations caused by the illness.