Muscular Dystrophy: How to Qualify for Social Security Disability

Muscular dystrophy actually refers to a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.  Muscular dystrophy refers to abnormal genes that interfere with production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle.  Muscular dystrophy is caused by a genetic mutation that is generally inherited.  The specific signs and symptoms of muscular dystrophy may begin at different ages and affect different muscle groups depending on the type of muscular dystrophy.

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The most common symptom of muscular dystrophy is progressive muscle weakness.  Associated symptoms may also include impaired gait, imbalance, muscle pain and stiffness, frequent falls, atrophy, respiratory difficulty, and learning disabilities.

Muscular dystrophy is a condition that is specifically listed in Social Security’s Blue Book listings of impairments.  In order for a claimant to be found disabled based on the listing requirements, they must prove that their condition meets or equals the requisite severity level of listing 11.13.

Even if a claimant’s muscular dystrophy does not meet the threshold of a listing, they may still be found disabled based on the physical and/or mental limitations caused by their condition.  For instance, a person who suffers significant muscle weakness and imbalance would be significantly limited in their ability to perform basic work activities, such as standing, walking, lifting, grasping, and fine manipulation.

Premier Disability Services, LLC has extensive experience representing claimants who suffer from muscular dystrophy.  If you suffer from muscular dystrophy and you are unable to work, please contact our office for a free evaluation of your claim.