Winning SSDI for Behcets Syndrome
Behcet's (beh-CHETS) disease, also called Behcet's syndrome, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a rare disorder that “causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout your body.” Although the medical community is not certain of the cause of Behcet's most doctors believe it is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system systematically attacks healthy cells.
Behcet's Syndrome causes a variety of symptoms including eye inflammation, skin lesions, rashes, mouth sores, and genital flare-ups. Behcet's syndrome is difficult to diagnose because the symptoms vary from person to person. The condition may be caused by both environmental irritants as well as genetics.
Behcet's Syndrome and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Workers may qualify for SSDI benefits for Behcet's Syndrome if they can prove they do not have the functional capacity to perform work for at least 12 continuous months. Their condition must also be severe, and they must have earned work credits and be insured for SSDI benefits.
To win benefits for SSDI you must either prove your condition meets or exceeds a listing in the SSA Listing or Impairments or prove that you do not have the ability to work through a medical vocational allowance.
Winning SSDI for Behcet's Syndrome by meeting or exceeding a listing
There currently is not a specific listing for Behcet's Syndrome, but if you have symptoms which are as severe as another condition the SSA may decide to approve your case.
For instance, one of the major complications of Behcet's disease is blindness. If you have Behcet's syndrome and have lost your sight the SSA will evaluate your condition under Social Security Disability listing is 2.02 and 2.04 for Adults.
Winning SSDI for Behcet's Syndrome through a medical vocational allowance
If your condition does not meet or exceed a listing you must prove you do not have the residual capacity to work for at least 12 continuous months based on your age, educational level, transferrable work skills and severity of your condition. This process is known as a medical vocational allowance.
The difficulty with Behcet's Syndrome is that symptoms occur in unpredictable cycles similar to conditions like Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other Soft Tissue Connective Diseases. As a result, it may be difficult to prove that you cannot work for 12 continuous months.
The key to winning SSDI will be to get good medical care and make sure your medical records clearly state that you do not have the ability to work, including statements from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).
Hiring a disability lawyer if you have Behcet's
Unfortunately, up to 70% of claimants are denied SSDI and SSI benefits at the application level. If your condition does not meet or exceed a listing you can expect to have your case denied.
If your case is denied, you will have 60 days to request an appeal. Many disability applicants choose to talk to a disability lawyer at this point to have them review their medical records and find out what information they need to win their disability case.
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