While most people are familiar with how Social Security benefits are awarded for traditional disabilities, fewer people are aware that other limiting conditions, such as narcolepsy, may also qualify. If you suffer from narcolepsy and find it difficult to hold a regular job, disability benefits may be your avenue to the support that will let you live your life.
If you’re considering applying for Social Security benefits for your narcolepsy, it’s important that you learn about the application process and how you will need to prove your chronic condition. Here are a few things you should know when applying for social security disability for narcolepsy that will help you through the often difficult process.
How Narcolepsy Affects Social Security Disability
Unlike some conditions, narcolepsy does not automatically qualify you to receive disability benefits, which means you will have to meet a number of requirements before you will receive approval.
First, if you work, you cannot earn more than $1,090 in a single month. Earning more than this amount immediately disqualifies you. Secondly, if you don’t work, you must show that your narcolepsy has prevented you from working for at least a year. If you meet the above qualifications, you will need to prove to Social Security to what extent your narcolepsy limits your work ability, which is done through something called a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) exam.
Building Your RFC Form
When your doctor gives you your RFC exam, it’s important that they specify exactly how your narcolepsy affects your day to day functioning and your ability to work. For example, many narcolepsy sufferers require frequent breaks and periodic naps to deal with the disorder, which is difficult for many jobs to accommodate.
Of particular importance is noting how your narcolepsy has altered your productivity level. To be eligible to receive disability benefits, your productivity level needs to have dropped at least 20% as a direct result of your disorder. Any less, and your claim will most likely be denied.
What Medical Evidence Do I Need?
While an RFC is a good start you need to make sure that you back it up with ample medical evidence. Specifically, you should provide the results of any tests that speak directly to the severity of your disorder. If you have undergone sleep studies, EEGs or any other exams, make sure you include the results of these tests when applying for disability benefits.
Supplying as much evidence as possible will increase the likelihood that your application will be approved and that you will receive the disability benefits that you so sorely need.
Fight For Your Benefits With Legal Help
Fewer things are more complex and confusing than applying for Social Security benefits, especially when you suffer from unfamiliar condition like narcolepsy. We’ve been helping disabled individuals in the Greater Los Angeles area, the Inland Empire, and Orange County get the disability benefits they need for years. Call Dr. Bill LaTour and his team today at 800-803-5090 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.