If you have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy does this mean you automatically qualify for Social Security Disability?

Not exactly.

Social Security Disability is less about the condition or disease you have, and more about the limitations you have as a result.

First, you must apply for Social Security Disability. No one calls you up and says you are disabled or automatically sends you a check without applying.

Second, if you are working and earn more than $1,040 a month gross (2013 figure) then you are not disabled no matter what your condition. As an example, I knew a blind lawyer who worked for many years. He was not considered disabled, however when he stopped working and applied for Social Security Disability he was automatically paid benefits.

If you have a mild case of Cerebral Palsy and are able to work a job, then you are not disabled.

If you have a more severe case of Cerebral Palsy and it causes you to have problems with walking or using your hands and arms, then you have a much better chance of being found disabled.

Problems with the hands and arms are especially important to Social Security.

The vast majority of jobs require you to use your hands and arms most of the day. Without this ability the job base erodes significantly.

Questions about Cerebral Palsy and Social Security Disability? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.