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Qualifying For Social Security Benefits When You Suffer From Lupus

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: November 30, 2015
The Social Security Administration does offer special rules that apply to persons who wish to claim benefits based on blindness, or low vision. If you are severely visually impaired, then you may be eligible for benefits under both the Supplemental Security Income program, and the Social Security Disability Insurance program. The Social Security Administration will consider that you meet the criteria for a claim if your vision cannot progress to better than 20/200 in your better eye or if your visual field is 20° or below in the better eye. However, even if you do not meet the stringent criteria for blindness, you may still be eligible for disability benefits. For example, you may qualify for benefits if your vision problems make it difficult for you to work and earn a living. In order to be eligible for a claim, you must have worked long enough in a job to pay Social Security taxes. Remember, you may find it easier to qualify for benefits if your impairment is included in the official listing of impairments provided by the Social Security Administration. However, even if your impairment is not included in the Social Security administration’s listing, you may still qualify for benefits. Speak to a Social Security disability benefits attorney in Los Angeles, and determine whether you qualify for benefits. For help appealing against a denial, schedule a consultation with a Social Security disability benefits attorney in Los Angeles.

Persons, who suffer from Lupus, may suffer damage to different parts or organs of the body, and symptoms may continue for several years. The condition is caused by impairment in the immune system that creates antibodies that actually attack and damage the body’s own healthy tissue.

Persons, who suffer from Lupus, may suffer from pain, and inflammation in various parts of the body. Symptoms may flare and subside. There may be periods of exacerbated symptoms, and periods where you feel much better. That, by itself, makes it difficult for you to recover disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance Program. The Social Security Disability Insurance program will require a claimant to prove that the condition has lasted for 12 months, or is expected to last 12 months in order to be eligible for disability benefits.

In order for you to recover disability benefits, you must meet certain conditions. Your condition must have resulted in damage to at least two organs or two body systems. It must result in symptoms that make it difficult for you to work, including chronic muscular, tiredness, fatigue, fever, or weight loss. Discuss these conditions in depth with a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney.

If you are unable to prove that the damage has affected at least two organs or body systems, you must be able to prove that the condition restricts your ability to perform routine daily activities, or continue to maintain your social life or function independently.

Symptoms of lupus may worsen over time, and as such, you may find that you do not qualify for benefits during the initial stages. Even if your application is denied, however, do not lose hope. You can file an appeal, and in many cases, claims for Lupus are approved at the appeals stage. Speak to a Los Angeles Social Security disability benefits attorney for help filing a claim for Lupus.

Tony Adderley

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.