- Interview the patient (and spouse if possible) to find out more about their occupation, their symptoms, and how their symptoms impair their ability to work. I utilize the PAN work-related disability assessment form during this process.
- Provide education about the federal social security disability insurance process and timelines here in the U.S. I also discuss health insurance options.
- Work with the patient's neurologist to write a letter detailing what PD is and what symptoms the patient is experiencing. I use the criteria language that the SSA uses to describe PD in their listing of conditions.
- If appeal is needed, refer the patient to a good, local SSDI attorney.