Qualifying for Disability With a Neurological Condition

Patient With a Neurological Condition Looking at ScansA diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease or early-onset Alzheimer’s is devastating. These are progressive disorders, meaning that your symptoms will worsen over time and will ultimately leave you disabled. However, until your symptoms reach a certain point, you will not qualify for Social Security Disability.

Your Symptoms Must Prevent You From Being Able to Work

Once a neurological disorder has progressed to the point of severely limiting motor function, communication, or mental function, you could qualify for disability. According to the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments, severe limitations for neurological disorders include a marked limitation or inability to perform some or all of the following functions:

  • Stand from a seated position
  • Balance while walking or standing up
  • Use your fingers, wrists, hands, arms, or shoulders
  • Follow one-step commands
  • Tell someone about your basic personal needs without assistance
  • Understand messages in simple spoken language
  • Understand, remember, or apply information
  • Interact with others
  • Concentrate, persist, or maintain pace
  • Adapt or manage yourself

These symptoms must be present in spite of treatments such as medications, therapy, or surgery.

Evidence the SSA Will Need to Prove Your Disability

As your Social Security Disability attorneys, we will gather and present both medical and non-medical evidence of your severe limitations to help you qualify for the benefits you need when you have been diagnosed with a condition that falls under the SSA’s Neurological Impairment listing. Evidence required by the SSA includes:

  • Your medical history
  • Examination findings
  • Relevant laboratory tests
  • Results of imaging
  • Statements you or others make about your impairments, restrictions, daily activities, or efforts to work

When you hire our certified Social Security disability attorneys to represent you, you can rest assured that we will do what it takes to get you the help you need.

You Can Count on Our Social Security Lawyers

Facing the Social Security disability application or appeal process alone is daunting, and we do not recommend it. A majority of applications are denied the first time because the applicant did not present a complete application or because they were missing adequate evidence. We don’t make these mistakes. If you have a neurological condition and have become unable to work, contact our office in Indianapolis to find out how we can help. We are here for you.


James R. Keller
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