Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body's immune system to attack itself. It can lead to damage to the kidneys, the heart, the lungs, skin, joints and blood.
It is possible to qualify for either Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if you meet the requirements as per the Social Security's list of impairments or if you are unable to work.
Listing Requirements for Lupus
The Social Security's listings of impairments provides a detailed list of debilitating conditions that should qualify for disability benefits if the requirements listed are met.
To qualify as disabled for lupus, you must meet the following requirements.
The condition must affect at least two body systems or organs, such as the lungs, kidneys, heart or brain.
The lupus must also cause one of the following symptoms:
- Frequent exhaustion that leads to low mental or physical activity
- Involuntary weight loss
- Feelings of illness or physical discomfort
Or, you must have repeated symptoms in which at least two of the symptoms above results in one of the below limitations:
- Limited ability for daily living
- Limited ability to maintain social functioning
- Limited ability to complete tasks in a timely manner
The limitations resulting from lupus must seriously interfere with your ability to function independently.
In order to medically meet the requirements for a lupus disability, you must have medical documentation of four of the below criteria:
- Discoid rash
- Malar rash
- Renal disorder
- Antinuclear antibody
- Immunologic disorder
- Hematologic disorder
- Neurologic disorder
Inability to Work
Individuals can also qualify as disabled if they can prove that they are unable to work because of the health problems caused by lupus.
If you or someone you love is having trouble getting disability benefits, our experienced team of Social Security disability benefits lawyers in Phoenix can help you appeal a denied decision and get the help you need.