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Is Parkinson’s disease considered a disability?

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative condition that gradually affects the central nervous system. Due to its effects progressively leaving sufferers incapacitated to different extents, the Social Security Administration (SSA) categorizes the condition as a disability.

Additionally, Parkinson's is a condition that can qualify sufferers for disability benefits, as described in the SSA's Blue Book at point 11.06.

While 10% of diagnosed cases are caused by genetic inheritance, the causes for 90% of diagnoses are unknown and are the subject of continuous study. A growing body of evidence indicates a strong correlation between exposure to paraquat and Parkinson's.

It should be noted that a Parkinson's diagnosis doesn't automatically make one eligible for such benefits. The SSA will examine relevant medical records and documentation to assess if the symptoms match the Blue Book delineations. For the diagnosis to be considered a disability, the following conditions need to be met after 3 months of continuous prescribed treatment:

1. Impaired motor functions of the limbs that limit the ability to stand from a seated position, maintain balance while standing or in motion, and use of the upper limbs.

2. Significant limitations of physical functions pertaining to:

Individuals that meet these criteria are deemed disabled by the Social Security Administration and are eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

We can help you determine the eligibility of your paraquat claim

Atraxia Law leverages its more than 35 years of experience in toxic exposure claim evaluation to help our clients achieve the compensation that their diagnosis entitles them to, and the peace of mind that they deserve.

Our team of experts will analyze your particular situation and determine if your toxic exposure claim qualifies for compensatory payments from the liable manufacturers.

The filing process can be strenuously complicated, and we endeavor to work on your behalf, handling the complex aspects and requiring only minimal involvement from your side.

We will need demonstrable evidence of exposure to paraquat and a subsequent Parkinson's diagnosis for the claim to be eligible. Time is essential in this process due to the different statutes of limitations that each state employs, so we encourage you to let us know about your situation as soon as you receive your diagnosis.

We are glad to provide further clarifications and answer any questions about your toxic exposure and the available solutions.