How to Prove to Social Security that Your Lupus Makes Work Impossible
The bottom line for winning SSD benefits is that you must be unable to work because of your health problems.
Lupus can absolutely leave you unable to work. The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) found that two-thirds of people with lupus experienced a partial or total loss of income because of their condition.
And overall, 1.5 million people in the United States have lupus, according to the LFA.
But Social Security won’t just take your word for it that your case of lupus means you can’t work. You have to provide medical evidence that your symptoms are severe.
Those symptoms could include chest pain, fatigue, fever, headaches, inflammation, joint pain, shortness of breath, skin rashes, lesions and more. Lupus can seriously limit all your daily activities, not to mention your ability to work.
Here are the major factors in qualifying for Social Security Disability with lupus:
- Proving, using medical records, that two of your body systems or organs are affected by this autoimmune disease
- Documenting that you have debilitating symptoms like fatigue, fever or weight loss
- Showing that your everyday functioning is severely restricted because of lupus
When your life and livelihood have been disrupted by lupus—and you’re facing a massive government program to get financial help—your mind swims with questions about the disability benefits process.
Hanley Disability is here to help Hoosiers with all of your questions.
In fact, you can start working with our team of disability advocates by getting a FREE evaluation of your disability claim.