Lupus is a very debilitating, chronic illness. The symptoms associated with lupus generally get worse over time. You may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits if you’ve been diagnosed with this condition and your health has deteriorated to the point that you can no longer work.
At least five million people worldwide have the autoimmune disease lupus. There are more than 16,000 individuals who are newly diagnosed with this condition annually. Many people who have lupus suffer from chronic symptoms that can last for months or even years.
Individuals who have this condition often experience chronic headaches, extreme fatigue, fever, anemia, swelling, unbearable joint pain, chest discomfort resulting in deep breathing issues, problems with blood clotting, light sensitivity and hair loss.
Those people who are suffering from lupus may qualify to receive SSD provided that their condition affects two or more organs or body systems. Applicants for these benefits must also suffer from two or more major symptoms such as involuntary weight loss, severe fatigue, malaise and constant fever though as well.
An individual with lupus must have such acute symptoms that it drastically limits their ability to engage in daily activities or restricts their social functioning to qualify for SSD. If it inhibits their ability to complete tasks promptly due to concentration, pace or persistence concerns, then they may qualify as well provided that their condition is expected to last more than one year.
The Social Security Administration guidelines for qualifying diseases vary. Their rules can seem very confusing and overly complex. A Social Security Disability benefits for illness attorney can review the details surrounding your condition. Your Charlotte lawyer can then let you know whether it’s one of many common disabling medical impairments that may allow you to qualify for benefits.