Social Security Common Conditions: Lupus

by Staff | July 25th, 2014

There are millions of Americans who qualify for Social Security Disability benefits—and many suffer from Lupus. In fact, estimates from the Lupus Foundation of America show as many as 1.5 million Americans suffer from the disease. This leaves many citizens wondering what Lupus is and what options for assistance are available to victims of the disease.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack healthy tissues, such as bones, organs, and the skin. It is a non-contagious disease that afflicts women at a higher rate than men and is more prevalent among women of color than Caucasian women.

Treatment is available for the disease, but an article from Medscape explains there is no cure and the prognosis for many patients is grim. One study examined the quality of life of patients suffering from Lupus and found the results were similar to those of patients afflicted with diseases such as HIV/AIDS, obstructive pulmonary disease, and lymphoma.

For many Lupus patients, work isn’t an option because their health simply won’t allow it. Social Security Disability benefits are often the best option for these individuals, but the application process can be complicated.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand the nuances of the Social Security Administration’s processes and may be able to help if you have been diagnosed with Lupus. Call us at (866) 684-7216 to find out how we can help you get the benefits you need.

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