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Lupus and your claim for disability benefits

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2018 | Blog

Lupus is an illness that involves a person’s immune system. While many people in Mississippi have this illness, some people may find that their case is severe to the point that it impacts their ability to work. When an autoimmune disease, such as lupus, leaves a person unable to hold gainful employment, it could make that person eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. 

If you have lupus, you may find it beneficial to explore the possibility that you could be eligible for disability benefits. If you have a rightful claim, it could mean that you would be able to secure the financial support you need if you are unable to work. Lupus is a disease that is largely unseen, but it can have a very real effect on your life.

The effect of this disease on your body

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that involves your body attacking its own organs and tissues. This can lead to serious repercussions, and it can be difficult to get an accurate diagnosis at first because it often mimics other medical conditions. This disease could make it difficult to work because it can lead to following:

  • Inflamed, painful and swollen joints
  • Lesions on the skin and rashes
  • Shortness of breath and chest pains

Ultimately, lupus can affect virtually every system in your body. It can impact the way your kidneys, lungs, brain, central nervous system and heart function. Not only could this mean you will require extensive and expensive medical care, it could mean that the effects of your disease could hinder your ability to live normally.

The SSA considers autoimmune diseases qualifying medical conditions. This means that with supporting documentation, such as medical bills and doctors’ letters, you could successfully apply for and claim disability benefits. A lupus diagnosis may mean you can no longer work, but it does not mean you are out of options.

Support could be available

Disabled individuals may find the disability claims process both complex and lengthy. It can be frustrating to have a valid claim and learn that your initial claim came back denied.

From the very beginning of this process, you may find it beneficial to seek legal guidance as you seek and fight for the support you deserve. If you are considering filing a claim for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, it might be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of your case.


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