The full name of ALS is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, it is called Lou Gehrigs Disease by most. This disease is progressive and invariably it is fatal. The disease attacks the nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement. The result in most cases is the inability to control and or move muscles, the disease attacks every aspect of the human body, including the lungs, vocal chords, and muscles used to swallow.
Under Social Security Disability there is a listing for ALS. The diagnosis may be made by electrophysiological study, your history, and neurological findings that are generally the same as ALS. Currently there is not one test to determine if in fact you have ALS.
Social Security Disability requires the diagnosis to be made with generally accepted medical practices. The generally accepted practices are really just what is accepted in the medical community as the proper way to diagnose ALS.
While there is not currently a cure, being able to have insurance and a monthly check through Social Security for treatment can ease one of the burdens that this disease puts on a person. If you need assistance with your disability claim please feel free to phone the office at anytime Monday through Saturday at toll free (877) 271-2633 or local at (615) 308-2633. I look forward to speaking with you.
Daniel L. McMurtry, Esq.