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Does having lupus qualify you for disability benefits?

Certain types of illnesses and medical conditions may keep you from working, which may leave you with significant financial concerns. It can be particularly difficult when you are dealing with an illness that is below the surface, such as one that others may not be able to see. This includes lupus, which is a type of autoimmune condition that affects various functions of the body. 

While many people live and work with lupus, this may not be the case for you. Your case may be such that it impedes your ability to maintain a normal lifestyle and meet the requirements of your job. The inability to work can be a financial strain for your North Carolina family, but there are options available to you, including the option to file for disability benefits.

How does lupus affect you?

The symptoms and effects of lupus will differ on a case-by-case basis. The way it affects you is unique to you, and it can change over time or become worse. Symptoms can be severe or minor, permanent or temporary. People who suffer from lupus often suffer from the following side effects:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Stiffness and swelling in the joints
  • Confusion, memory loss and difficulty concentrating
  • Skin lesions
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain 

Lupus is an illness caused by various factors, and some people are born more prone to developing it. The effects of lupus can impact virtually every system of the body, such as the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs and vascular system.

You may find that your condition eventually robs you of your ability to work in the same capacity that you did in the past. If other types of work are not an option, you may qualify as a disabled person according to the Social Security Administration's definition of disability.

The next step in the process

Applying for disability benefits is not an easy process. It can be challenging to get the benefits for which you qualify, even with clear evidence and sufficient documentation of a valid medical condition such as lupus.

Before you begin the application process, you will find it beneficial to start with a complete evaluation of your case in order to understand the legal options available to you and to learn more about how Social Security disability benefits work. Many applicants find it helpful to work with a lawyer experienced in the disability benefits claims process.

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