Qualifying for SSD with an Autoimmune Disease

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for individuals who are unable to work due to a disabling autoimmune disease. As long as the condition prevents you from working, you may qualify for SSD with an autoimmune disease. Contact our lawyers for more insight.

Autoimmune Disease Disability

Autoimmune diseases cause the body’s immune system to mistakenly attack and destroy healthy body tissue. The immune system helps protect the body by attacking potentially harmful antigens, such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins. However, in people who have autoimmune diseases, the immune system is unable to determine a difference between harmful antigens and healthy body tissue and attacks otherwise healthy body tissue and antigens.

Currently, there are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, which are sometimes referred to as rheumatic diseases, connective tissue disorders, or collagen vascular disorders.

The cause for this autoimmune response is unknown, but some medical experts speculate that certain microorganisms or drugs may play a role in how people acquire autoimmune disorders. Experts also believe that some people may have genes that make them more susceptible to developing autoimmune disorders.

SSA Evaluation of Autoimmune Diseases

What autoimmune diseases qualify for Social Security Disability? Because there are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, SSA evaluation is dependent on the specific autoimmune disease.

As autoimmune diseases affect the immune system, they are classified with other conditions that cause dysfunction in one or more components of your immune system. The dysfunction may be due to problems in antibody production, impaired cell mediated immunity, a combined type of antibody/cellular deficiency, impaired phagocytes, or complement deficiency.

Contact an Attorney about Qualifying for SSD with an Autoimmune Disease

While autoimmune diseases can cause a wide variety of symptoms, one thing they all have in common is their tendency to cause disabling conditions that put you out of work for weeks, months, or even years. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease, it’s our goal to help you and reover the benefits you need to pay for your living expenses and medical costs.

If you are ready to learn more about qualifying for Social Security Disability with an autoimmune disease, or have further questions about which autoimmune diseases may qualify for disability benefits, contact Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today.


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