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 Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that results when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect different body systems, such as joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and lungs. Four types of lupus exist: systemic lupus erythematosus (the most common and serious form of lupus), discoid lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus erythematosus, and neonatal lupus.

Getting Disability Benefits for Lupus

Lupus is considered a disabling condition by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits depending on the severity of your condition and your age. As lupus affects the immune system, it is classified with other conditions that cause dysfunction in one or more components of your immune system.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is evaluated by the SSA based on:

  • The involvement of two or more organs/body systems, with:
    • One of the organs/body systems involved to at least a moderate level of severity; and
    • At least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss)


  • Repeated manifestations of SLE, with at least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss) and one of the following at the marked level:
    • Limitation of activities of daily living
    • Limitation in maintaining social functioning
    • Limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence, or pace

For more information about lupus SSA evaluation procedures, talk with one of our SSD lawyers today.

We’re Here to Help You Get Your Claim Approved

Once it progresses, lupus is a condition that can cause fatigue and malaise—conditions that make it difficult to perform in many occupations. If you have lupus, you may be too sick or weak to work, and that means you have no way to keep up with your medical bills and living expenses. Although you or someone you love may be eligible to receive benefits from the SSA, the organization may deny claims from those who don’t have legal representation.

The Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin know the criteria the SSA uses to judge benefits applications, and we can make sure your claim is accurate, complete, and submitted on time. Best of all, you won’t have to pay us unless we get benefits for you—that’s our No Fee Guarantee®. Contact us now—just dial (800) 477-7315.

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