As described by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a “chronic and progressive movement disorder” affecting nearly one million people in the United States alone. Parkinson’s disease develops gradually, with a tremor in one hand typically serving as the first symptom of the disease followed by other motor symptoms, including slowness of movement, stiffness, soft or slurred speech, and tremors in the arms, hands, legs, jaws, and face. Many patients with Parkinson’s disease may also develop difficulty swallowing, problems with balance and coordination, and the loss of automatic movements, including smiling or blinking.
Though there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease or any method by which to reverse its effects, a number of medications and other forms of treatment exist that allow patients to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. However, the progression of Parkinson’s disease can differ quite dramatically from person to person, and though many people living with Parkinson’s disease may experience only mild symptoms, many others will experience symptoms that preclude their ability to sustain even marginal employment, let alone perform substantially gainful activity (SGA).
If you are unable to work as the result of Parkinson’s disease symptoms, including symptoms of advanced Parkinson’s disease such as difficulty walking, an inability to complete activities of daily living without assistance, or cognitive problems, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Contact Viner Disability Law
If you are receiving treatment or have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and your combination of symptoms precludes your ability to work, Viner Disability Law may be able to represent you in your claim for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), regardless of whether you have yet to file an initial application or already have a hearing scheduled before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Please contact our office as soon as possible for a free evaluation of your Social Security disability claim.