Neurological and Respiratory Disability Evaluation

We get a lot of questions about neurological and respiratory disability evaluation. Here are how neurological and respiratory disabilities are evaluated under social security. These are general guidelines. To learn more or if you have any questions, please contact us. We are happy to help.

Neurological Disability Evaluation Under Social Security

The SSA has guidelines that they use to evaluate neurological disorders to include limitations or disorganization of motor function.

They evaluate disorders such as:

  • Epilepsy
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Coma or persistent vegetative state (PVS)
  • Neurological disorders that cause disorganization of motor function
  • Bulbar and neuromuscular dysfunction
  • Communication impairment
  • A combination of limitations in physical and mental functioning such as early-onset Alzheimer’s disease

They also evaluate:

  • Neurological disorders that may manifest in a combination of limitations in physical and mental functioning
  • Limitations resulting from the impact of the neurological disease process itself
  • Limitations arising from mental impairment under the mental disorders body system

Respiratory Disorders Disability Evaluation Under Social Security

The SSA evaluates respiratory disorders that result in any difficulty breathing, including any disorders that interfere with oxygen exchange across cell membranes in the lungs.

There are specific examples of respiratory disorders that the SSA consider for disability benefits.

  • Chronic bronchitis and Emphysema
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis and pneumoconiosis
  • Asthma
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Lung Transplantation

Some of the symptoms and signs of respiratory disorders include:

  • Dyspnea or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Sputum production
  • Hemoptysis or coughing up blood from the respiratory tract
  • Rapid rate of breathing

Filing for disability benefits can be a confusing lengthy process. Disability Support Services is here to help. Our team has years of experience, and we are dedicated to winning your case. To learn more about these most recent updates to the neurological and respiratory disability evaluation, and if you qualify for benefits, contact us. Our friendly staff will set up a free consultation.