As we have mentioned before on our Minneapolis Social Security disability blog, workers who suffer from mentally or physically disabling or terminal illnesses, disorders and injuries may be entitled to obtain Social Security disability benefits.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a disease that affects the nerve cells of the spinal cord and brain, causing loss in coordination and muscle strength. As the disease progresses, individuals find it difficult to move and even swallow. Lou Gehrig's disease affects tens of thousands of people in the U.S., with more than 5,500 people diagnosed each year.
In October 2011, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Michael J Astrue, announced that the SSA was adding 13 new disabilities to the list of Compassionate Allowance conditions. By adding additional Compassionate Allowances, the SSA will make the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits easier and more efficient for some people.
Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released 12 more Compassionate Allowances conditions, all involving heart disease.