Social Security Disability and LupusLupus is a chronic and inflammatory condition which affects the immune system, allowing it to become overactive and attack normal, healthy cells. Many different body systems may be affected and damage may occur in a claimants tissues, joints, kidneys, lungs and heart.
Lupus occurs more frequently in women than men, and the Lupus Foundation of America claims that women are diagnosed with lupus nine times more often than men. It is estimated that over 2 million Americans currently have some form of this condition.
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Lupus is the same as many health conditions, and the symptoms can range from the mild to severe. Some claimants may have one organ which is affected while other may suffer symptoms in multiple organs. What conditions do claimants who have this condition suffer from?
- High fevers
- Loss of hair
- Dry eyes
- Sensitive to sunlight
- Shortness of breath
- Memory loss
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Chest pain
- Pain in joints
Can I get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits for Lupus?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two methods for determining if a claimant qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits: meeting a listing on the Social Security Administrations Listing of Impairments or proving they cannot work through a medical vocational allowance.
Meeting the SSA Listing for Lupus
Lupus is on the Social Security Administrations listing of impairments (also informally known as the Blue Book). The listing is found under 14.00 Immune System Disorders, Section 14.02 Systemic lupus erythematosus.
For claimants to meet a listing they must first be diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematorsus. Next the lupus must involve two or more of their organs or body systems.
Additionally, according to the SSA, one of the organs/body systems involved to at least a moderate level of severity and at least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss).
If you do not meet that listing you can also prove that you have had repeated episodes or manifestations of this condition with at least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss).
If you experience these symptoms or manifestations you must also prove that your activities of daily living and social functioning are severely limited and your ability to complete complicated tasks is severely limited because you do not have the ability to maintain your concentration, persistence or pace.
Getting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Lupus through a medical vocational allowance
Individuals with Lupus who do not meet the Social Security Administration's listing of impairments as outlined above may also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if they can prove this progressive disease can impair their ability to work. For example, claimants who suffer from a severe case of Lupus may develop symptoms which make it impossible to perform the following work activities:
- Lift or carry weight
- Stand, sit or walk for long period of time
- Reach pull or push
- Work with certain chemicals
Talk to a disability lawyer about the type of information you need in your medical records to prove your condition is so severe you cannot work.
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