Including: Cerebral Palsy
In order to be granted Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, the Cerebral Palsy must be affecting the claimant to the point that he or she would not be able to do any kind of work. Consider if there are any jobs that this person could reasonably take on without needing additional help or special treatment from the employer. Medical treatment, especially from a psychologist or psychiatrist will be almost essential to any Cerebral Palsy claim for Social Security disability benefits or SSI.
When a disability claim for Cerebral Palsy is reviewed, Social Security will want to know the IQ of the person applying. An IQ score of 70 or lower will be helpful to the claim. They also look for abnormal behavior patterns, such as destructiveness or emotional instability, difficulty in communicating due to speech, hearing, or visual defect, or significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities and affecting gait or station. Depending on the extent of the affect on the claimant, Cerebral Palsy can be a strong disability claim.
As with any disability, your chances of being granted increase if you have consistent medical records of your condition. If you have not seen any doctors within a few months of your application, you may be sent to a doctor who will evaluate your condition. It is best to have your own doctor.
If you are not sure whether or not your claim would qualify for benefits, give us a call. It is always best to get an application in if you are unsure. Some people wait so long that they lose their eligibility for Social Security, and many lose months of benefits for waiting to apply.
The medical listings that describe the criteria for Cerebral Palsy are; 11.07 Cerebral Palsy – Adult.