You likely understand that in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you have to suffer from some condition that prevents you from working in Hattiesburg. Most might assume such conditions to be those that keep you from standing, walking or sitting for an extended period of time. Yet what about sensory and communication disorders? One of the more common of these is the loss of speech. Many come to us here at the Davis-Morris Law Firm that their physical difficulties with speaking still will not qualify them for SSD benefits. A closer look at the Social Security Administration's own website contradicts that assumption.
Section 2.09 of the SSA's Listing of Impairments shows that any frequent impediment to being heard, understood or sustained can qualify you for SSD benefits. Claims of loss of speech, however, may be met with a degree of skepticism due to the fact that speaking is indeed such a natural action. Yet there are several documented medical conditions that can significantly impair your ability to speak.
Some of these may be obvious. They include brain injuries, stroke or amytrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). Others may be more subtle in the way they affect your speech. These include:
- Guillain-Barre syndrome: A neurologic condition in which the body's immune system mistakenly impairs functions (such as speech) by attacking a certain part of the central nervous system
- Huntington's disease: A genetic disorder that causes the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain
- Myasthenia gravis: An autoimmune disorder which weakens skeletal muscles
- Lyme disease: A bacterial infection that can affect the muscles or the central nervous system
Whatever the cause if your loss of speech, validation from a medical professional could secure your SSD benefits. More information on Social Security Disability benefits can be found throughout our site.