This post discusses Social Security Disability for Autoimmune Disorders. If an autoimmune disorder is preventing you or someone you care for from working read on for how Social Security will evaluate your claim for disability benefits.
According to the AARDA, autoimmune diseases affect the lives of up to 50 million Americans. There are several types of autoimmune disorders. The most common are: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, celiac sprue disease, pernicious anemia, vitiligo, scleroderma, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, Hashimoto’s disease, Addison’s disease, Graves’ disease, reactive arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome and type 1 diabetes. Via healthline
Autoimmune disorders can cause low activity or over activity of the immune system. In cases of immune system over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues. Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections. Treatment for autoimmune diseases generally focuses on reducing immune system activity. Via WebMD
Your specific diagnosis will determine how the Social Security Administration will evaluate your claim for Social Security Disability for Autoimmune Disorders. Listing 14.00 Immune System Disorders may be used or the Medical Vocational Guidelines.
Listing 14.00 discusses what information SSA needs to determine if you are disabled. Most people do not meet SSA’s listings because they are usually difficult to meet. The Medical Vocational Guidelines may offer more help for someone 50 or older but offer little assistance for anyone else.
Simply being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder is not enough to be found disabled. The real question is how severe is your autoimmune disorder? If your autoimmune disorder is preventing you from working due to pain, loss of function, fatigue, medication side effects, etc. you may be found disabled.
Being treated by a specialist (i.e. rheumatologist) for your impairment with medical records confirming your diagnosis, treatments and symptoms can help your case. Also, obtaining an opinion from your doctor about your inability to work may help your case a great deal.
If you are unable to work due to your health, file a claim for Social Security Disability as soon as possible and call The Bishop Law Firm. We want to help!