It’s estimated that more than 2 million Americans suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. Categorized as a chronic illness which adversely impacts an individual’s central nervous system, individuals who suffer from MS often face many physical challenges. In severe cases, individuals suffering from MS may be unable to walk, see or move.
Recent news that the Dallas Mavericks signed Chris Wright to their team roster is especially significant in that Wright recently admitted he suffers from MS. While the NBA guard isn’t currently experiencing any active MS symptoms, he knows all too well how quickly and mysteriously the disease can manifest.
Wright became the first-known NBA player to suffer from MS. Because of his illness, Wright was previously told by doctors that his dreams of becoming a professional basketball player would not be realized. Wright, however, worked his way up from D-league teams to recently be drafted by the Dallas Mavericks.
Individuals who suffer from MS may experience a variety of symptoms which vary in severity and duration. Common symptoms of MS include problems with vision, loss of coordination, fatigue, difficulty thinking and focusing and numbness in one’s extremities. In the most severe cases, MS sufferers can become paralyzed.
Because of their symptoms, those who suffer from MS often have difficulty working or are completely unable to work. For these individuals, social security disability benefits can help subsidize monthly living expenses. The process of applying for SSDI benefits can be complex and lengthy. For these reasons, it’s often beneficial to consult with an attorney who is experienced in handling such matters.
Our law firm helps individuals navigate the application process for securing SSDI or SSI benefits. Additionally, our attorneys can help individuals who have been denied disability benefits through the appeals process.
Source: Bleacher Report, “Chris Wright Becomes First NBA Player Ever with Multiple Sclerosis,” Dan Favale, March 14, 2013