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Can I get Social Security disability for my autoimmune disease?

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2021 | Social Security Disability | 1 comment

Social Security Disability Insurance is a program through the Social Security Administration that provides benefits for people with disabilities. If you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes, you may qualify for disability benefits that include a monthly income and medical insurance.

The law defines disability as a person unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity because of medically physical or mental impairments, resulting in death or could last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.

What is an autoimmune disorder?

An autoimmune disease is one in which your immune system attacks your body when it should not. The immune system usually can tell the difference between bad cells, such as bacteria and viruses and good cells.

According to Healthline, there are over 80 different autoimmune disorders. Some common ones include:

  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis

Will Social Security approve benefits for an autoimmune disorder?

Immune System Disorders is a heading in SSA’s Blue Book and places them in three categories: autoimmune, immune deficiency and HIV infection. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease, get your medical information in order before you apply for disability benefits.

The SSA will want to look at:

  • Test results
  • Prescription drugs needed
  • Records of emergency room visits and hospitalizations

It will also want your doctor’s information and any specialists you have seen.

Expect the SSA to turn you down the first time you apply. This is common, and you can appeal. With the help of your doctors, you may get benefits to help you fight your disorder.

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