Appealing a Denied Claim for Parkinson's Disease
If you have Parkinson’s Disease and you’ve been denied for your disability claim, you may experience feelings of frustration, confusion, and helplessness. However, there are some ramifications you can take if you don’t achieve the results you’d hoped.
Read on to learn more about appealing your denied Parkinson’s Disease disability claim.
How to Qualify for Disability Benefits
If you’re unable to work due to the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, you should be able to get the benefits you need without a hassle.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the Blue Book medical guide to evaluate disability claims. As long as the following diagnostic criteria are met and recorded, the Blue Book allows you to qualify for benefits:
- You must experience bradykinesia, which is when your movement slows, or you experience a tremor in two extremities that causes an issue with your mobility.
- You must experience excessive muscle contractions that result in your limbs becoming rigid.
- You must have difficulty standing, affected gait, or postural instability.
If your condition meets the aforementioned diagnostic criteria and your claim is denied, you may appeal the decision. It’s best to do this with the help of an experienced disability attorney.
The Benefit of Hiring an Attorney
Having your claim denied when you know you’re rightfully owed benefits can be frustrating and upsetting, to say the least. Hiring the right attorney can significantly benefit the outcome of your appeal.
After your second appeal, you’ll need to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. During your hearing, a vocational expert will question you. Some of the questions you may be asked are as follows:
- “How does your ailment impact your balance and your capacity to stand for several hours?”
- “Are your slower motions impacting your working productivity? Why?”
- “Has your PD impacted your memory and your capacity to accomplish goals?”
Your attorney will help you prepare for your hearing so you’re not caught off guard with any of the questions that are asked. Additionally, your attorney will help you gather the proper evidence to help back up your claim.
Let Us Help
If you have Parkinson’s Disease and you need help filing your claim or appeal, our skilled disability attorneys at Dabdoub Law Firm are here to help. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm with your case right away. After all, it is your health on the line.
Call Dabdoub Law Firm today at (800) 969-0488 to speak with an attorney about your case.