SSDI Eligibility Guidelines: Myasthenia Gravis
Determine if an individual is working (engaging in substantial gainful activity) according to the SSA definition. Earning more than $1,170 a month as an employee is enough to be disqualified from receiving Social Security disability benefits.
Conclude the myasthenia gravis disability must be severe enough to significantly limit one’s ability to perform basic work activities needed to do most jobs. For example:
- Walking, standing, sitting, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, carrying or handling
- Seeing, hearing and speaking
- Understanding/carrying out and remembering simple instructions
- Responding appropriately to supervision, co-workers and usual work situations
- Dealing with changes in a routine work setting
Myasthenia gravis is listed under the category of impairments known as Neurological – Medical Listing 11.12. Myasthenia gravis is episodic in character, and consideration is given as to the frequency and duration of exacerbations, length of remissions and permanent residuals. If any of the following are present, the individual will be found to be disabled:
- Significant motor weakness and rapid fatigue of muscles of extremities on repetitive activity against resistance while on prescribed therapy
- Significant difficulty with speaking, swallowing or breathing while on prescribed therapy
Explore the ability of an individual to perform work they have done in the past despite their myasthenia gravis. If the SSA finds that a person can do his or her past work, benefits are denied. If the person cannot, then the process proceeds to the fifth and final step.
Review age, education, work experience and physical/mental condition to determine what other work, if any, the person can perform. To determine myasthenia gravis disability, the SSA enlists medical-vocational rules, which vary according to age.
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