Indianapolis man needs a representative to help with his social security disability case

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can help you avoid a financial collapse if you can’t work because you’re living with lupus.

Those monthly checks reduce the stress of paying for your daily expenses, allowing you to concentrate on your health and well-being, and living your life.

But first you have to prove to Social Security that your medical situation qualifies for benefits.

That can be hard with Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE), or lupus. The symptoms are difficult to define and explain to other people. Sometimes friends, neighbors—and even the Social Security Administration—just don’t understand.

Social Security has multiple rules, steps and deadlines you have to deal with before you can get financial relief.

Applying for disability a big project—and overwhelming when your energy is already drained by lupus.

You need an advocate in this process. At Hanley Disability, Social Security Disability is all we do.

We’ve been helping people in Indianapolis, Danville, Franklin, Lebanon, Noblesville and across Central Indiana for more than 45 years.

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Once you’re denied benefits, the clock starts ticking. Don’t wait too long. You might miss the deadline to appeal.

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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.

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What Kind of Evidence Do You Need to Get Disability for Lupus?

Every disability benefits application has these three requirements:

  • Showing that you can’t continue in your job because of your health
  • Showing that you can’t switch to a new line of work
  • Showing that your medical impairment will last at least a year

When lupus is seriously hindering your life, these points may seem obvious to you. But most people get denied disability benefits when they first apply.

So when you’re applying, or appealing a denial, you need hard evidence, including:

  • Records of your diagnosis from a rheumatologist or a physician specializing in lupus
  • Test results ruling out other conditions (Because lupus symptoms can be common to other diseases)
  • Reports from your doctors giving details of your symptoms
  • Documentation of treatments you’ve undergone and how well they worked
  • A list of medications you’ve tried and what effects they had
  • Test results for other conditions that are complications of lupus
  • A daily journal that chronicles the symptoms you experience

It sounds overwhelming, but Hanley Disability can guide you through everything.

Not only is it our job to help you win benefits, but it’s to make this process easier on you in the meantime.

Your future financial stability is at stake—as well as your sense of peace while you manage this complex disease.

At Hanley Disability, we do this work because we believe in helping our Indiana neighbors, with dignity and respect, in times of need.

Let’s talk about your Social Security Disability claim for lupus.

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