Lupus and Social Security Disability

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By Kimberly BishopSeptember 8, 2013

This post discusses Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Social Security Disability. Lupus affects everyone differently. It can debilitate your life to the point where you are unable to work or it can cause you only minor discomfort. If your lupus has progressed to the point that you are unable to work, you need to know how your case will be evaluated by the Social Security Administration.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease. Simply put, this is when the body attacks itself. Healthy tissue is targeted and eliminated mistakenly. In my clients with lupus, I have seen fatigue with simple activity, fevers, rashes or lesions (panniculitis) and commonly the body has attacked a major organ, such as the kidneys. In addition, there can be joint pain, chest pain, shortness of breath and headaches. More information found here.

The Social Security Administration evaluates Lupus under Listing 14.02 Systemic lupus erythematosus. This listing requires involvement of two or more body systems with at least one being involved to a moderate degree AND at least two of the common symptoms of lupus OR repeated manifestations of lupus in the form of symptoms AND marked restriction in a domain of your life.

How severe is your lupus? If your lupus is affecting your major organs or you are experiencing severe symptoms from your lupus that affect your ability to function from day-to-day, you may meet this listing. But in all reality, your lupus may negatively impact your ability to work long before you meet this listing.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Lupus, there are support groups that can help.  An example is the Lupus Foundation of America. I encourage clients to get medical treatment and take their medications as prescribed. If your lupus still keeps you from working you should file a claim for Social Security Disability as soon as possible and call the Bishop Law Firm. We want to help.


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