When you have lupus, you may find it difficult to explain to others what you go through daily. Many people do not recognize how debilitating the disease can be and how those symptoms can become worse over time.
For many people with lupus, Social Security Disability provides financial relief.
Does your lupus qualify for SSD?
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects every person differently. It can impact various areas of the body, including your joints, skin, heart, kidneys, brain and lungs. Autoimmune diseases cause your immune system to attack your tissues.
When you have lupus, working can be impossible. Symptoms of lupus can include fevers, arthritis, rashes, exhaustion, chronic pain, stomach issues and headaches, confusion and seizures. Symptoms can come and go and may range from mild to severe. If your lupus limits your ability to function or to sustain yourself, you could be eligible for SSD.
How can you receive SSD for lupus?
To obtain Social Security Disability, you can apply for benefits through the Social Security Administration. Build your case by collecting medical evidence that proves that you have recurrent and consistent symptoms that meet the definition of disability. Your doctor can provide the necessary evidence to show your lupus prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful employment.
When you apply for SSD, it can take around three to five months to hear a decision. While two-thirds of people receive a denial the first time they apply, most people have rejections overturned by an administrative law judge.