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Children and Skin Disorders and Supplemental Security Income

Meeting nonmedical criteria for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Whether or not your child can get disability for a skin disorder will first depend on whether they meet the nonmedical requirements of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. First, the SSA will consider if they are married, head of a household, under the age of 18 (or 22 if they are attending school) and whether the family has limited income and resources. If your child does not meet these requirements the severity of their skin condition will not matter. Your child’s SSI application will be automatically denied.
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The good news is there is no minimum age requirement. If your child meets the nonmedical requirements the SSA will then evaluate the severity of their health condition.

Proving disability for skin disorders and winning Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The Social Security Administration has created a listing of impairments they consider automatically disabling. This list is called the SSA Listing of Impairments – Part B for children. To win benefits your child must have a condition which meets or exceeds the listing.

Severe skin disorders are evaluated under 108.00 Skin Disorders and include a variety of disorders which can be hereditary, congenital, or acquired pathological processes.  General skin disorders which are listed, according to the SSA include, “Ichthyosis, bullous diseases, chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, genetic photosensitivity disorders, and burns.”

Proving your child’s skin disorder is disabling

Having a diagnosis will not be sufficient to win SSI benefits. The SSA has also stated that they will need specific medical documentation which outlines “the onset, duration, frequency of flare-ups, and prognosis of your child’s skin disorder, the location, size, and appearance of lesions, and, when applicable, history of your child’s exposure to toxins, allergens, or irritants, familial incidence, seasonal variation, stress factors, and your child’s ability to function outside of a highly protective environment.”

The SSA will need laboratory tests, blood tests and biopsy information if necessary. They will also need information which outlines information about the skin lesions, the extent of your child’s treatment and the amount of pain that your child experiences.

The SSA expects you to have gotten the appropriate treatment for your child; however, the SSA recognizes that treatment options can vary, they have limitations, and they may have severe side-effects which can be detrimental to your child.

If your child’s condition does not specifically meet the listing outlined in 108.00 but their skin condition has started to affect other body systems, the SSA may also evaluate your child’s conditions under another appropriate listing.

Hiring a Disability Lawyer

The disability processes and information that is need to prove SSI disability benefits can be complicated. If you do not have the time or energy to fully understand the process it may be time to talk to a disability lawyer.

Disability lawyers have the experience needed to evaluate your child’s medical records and determine if their condition is severe enough to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
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