The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated SSD attorneys are here to help and support you during this time.
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
Autoimmune diseases are considered disabling conditions by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on the condition and your age. 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.
Get Benefits for Your 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 years. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease, it’s our goal to help you get the benefits you need to pay for your living expenses and medical costs.
Contact Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today—just dial (800) 477-7315. We’re here to help.