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Social Security Disability for Cerebral Palsy

Collin County SSI lawyer for cerebral palsy

Dallas County Attorneys Helping People With Developmental Disorders Receive SSDI or SSI Benefits

There are many different types of neurological conditions that can cause a person to be disabled, and cerebral palsy is one of the most serious disorders in this category. Cerebral palsy often occurs because of brain injuries experienced during birth or as a young child, and it can affect a person's ability to walk, control their muscles, and perform certain physical tasks. In some cases, it can also lead to hearing loss, vision problems, difficulties with speech, or cognitive impairment. All of these issues can affect a person's ability to work, and depending on the severity of their condition, they may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

The Law Offices of Coats & Todd provides legal help and representation for those who are applying for disability benefits through Social Security. With a combined total of more than 60 years of experience, we understand the legal issues that affect disability cases, and we have a record of success helping our clients receive the benefits they need. When you work with us, we will take the time to help you understand the steps you will need to take and the information you will need to provide to demonstrate that you are disabled, and we will fight to ensure that you will have the financial resources that will allow you to provide for your ongoing needs.

Disability Benefits for People With Cerebral Palsy

Because cerebral palsy is a developmental disorder that often affects a person from a young age, many people who have this condition will qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, some people may be able to work, but their condition may worsen and cause them to become disabled. In these cases, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may be available. Click here for more information on the differences between SSI and SSDI.

Cerebral palsy is included in the Social Security Administration's listing of impairments, and a person may qualify for disability benefits if they meet certain requirements. Typically, a person will be considered disabled if their disorder interferes with their ability to move at least two extremities (both arms, both legs, or one arm and one leg) and they have extreme limitations on their ability to move from sitting to a standing position, maintain balance while walking or standing, or use their arms, shoulders, wrists, hands, or fingers.

The listing also states that a person will be considered disabled if they have significant limitations to their physical functions that affect their ability to begin, sustain, and complete work-related tasks, along with limitations to mental functions such as understanding and remembering information, interacting with other people, concentrating and maintaining a steady pace of work, or adapting emotions and behavior to what is appropriate for a work setting. If cerebral palsy has significantly interfered with a person's ability to communicate with others due to problems with speech, hearing, or vision, a person's condition may qualify as a disability.

Even if the effects of cerebral palsy do not fully meet the requirements of the listing of impairments, a person may still be able to qualify for disability benefits. In these cases, they will need to provide evidence demonstrating that their condition has caused them to be unable to obtain and maintain employment and earn enough money to qualify as participation in substantial gainful activity (SGA).

Contact Our Denton Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyers

Cerebral palsy can severely limit the types of tasks a person can perform, and many people with this condition cannot maintain full-time employment. At the Law Offices of Coats & Todd, we can review your case and make sure you meet the requirements to receive disability benefits through Social Security, and we will assist in applying for benefits or addressing any issues that may affect your ability to receive financial assistance. Contact us and schedule a free consultation and case review by calling our office at 972-671-9922. We help people with disabilities obtain Social Security benefits in Dallas, Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Plano, Frisco, Collin County, Allen, Dallas County, McKinney, and Denton County.

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