With Social Security’s ever increasingly strict guidelines on what does and does not qualify for disability benefits, the question comes up, how severe does my MS need to be to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits? The short answer to this question is simple, if your Multiple Sclerosis is making it impossible for you to work you should qualify. The answer may sound simple but the proving you are unable to work under any circumstance can be very difficult. Social Security has put together the following guideline regarding what severity of MS will be considered for disability benefits.

11.09 Multiple sclerosis, characterized by A or B:

  1. Disorganization of motor function in two extremities (see 11.00D1), resulting in an extreme limitation (see 11.00D2) in the ability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing or walking, or use the upper extremities.


  1. Marked limitation (see 11.00G2) in physical functioning (see 11.00G3a), and in one of the following:
  2. Understanding, remembering, or applying information (see 11.00G3b(i)); or
  3. Interacting with others (see 11.00G3b(ii)); or
  4. Concentrating, persisting, or maintaining pace (see 11.00G3b(iii)); or
  5. Adapting or managing oneself (see 11.00G3b(iv)).

Hire a Disability Attorney

If you cannot work because of your MS and would like to apply for disability, you should strongly consider hiring an experienced disability attorney. Having an attorney can not only greatly increase your chances of being approved for disability benefits but can make sure you get approved as quickly as possible. Call today for your free evaluation. We offer $0 down and we will only collect a fee if we are able to get you disability benefits.



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