Problems of the Immune System that may Qualify for Social Security Disability
(HIV, Lupus, arthritis)

This list of conditions which may qualify one to receive Social Security disability benefits is not intended to be authoritarian in nature and is provided only for your information. This information may not be the latest rulings provided by the SSA. Detailed information can be obtained from the Social Security Administration's website where this information was obtained. You may also fill out the form on this page for a FREE claim evaluation.

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Many immune deficiencies are controlled by medication, but they can worsen quite rapidly. Often the side effects of the medicine causes the inability to work. A Social Security disability lawyer may be able to convince the SSA that you deserve benefits by showing the effects of the disease on your life compounded by the effects of the medication as well as other factors.

The Immune System

The immune system is vital to keeping a healthy body. Once the immune system begins to fail it can rapidly affect all of the body systems and eventually require the assistance of Social Security disability benefits.Arthritis and immune problems may qualify for Social Security disability benefits

There are three groups of diseases considered by the SSA under the immune system classification. They are autoimmune disorders, immune deficiency disorders and HIV infection.

The SSA will require documentation by your medical professionals showing the diagnosis of an immune problem before approving Social Security disability benefits. Some immune deficiencies diseases considered for disability benefits are inflammatory arthritis, systemic vasculitis,  systemic sclerosis, localized scleroderma, lolymyositis and dermatomyositis,  Sjögren’s syndrome and HIV. For the purpose of this page, we will not review them all as the criteria for most is similar- proof of the disease and proof that the effects of the disease and/or treatment make you a poor candidate for gainful employment.

Inflammatory Arthritis


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It is possible to obtain Social Security disability for arthritis in some situations. Arthritis can be mild to severe and can affect any age group. Severe, persistent inflammatory arthritis that results in the inability to walk effectively due to inflammation in a weight bearing joint, or inflammation in at least one joint of the arm or shoulder that prohibits fine or gross motor skills may  qualify one for Social Security disability benefits, especially if there is fixation of the spine. Your disability lawyer will probably focus on how the pain, deformity (if present) and intensity of flare-ups prevent your ability to work.

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Lupus is a disease that affects any body organ or system and results in chronic inflammation.Problems of the Immune System that may qualify for Social Security Disability Because of the effects of lupus, most people with a confirmed diagnosis of lupus may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Fill out the form to contact the Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers for a FREE evaluation and assistance in filing or appealing of your claim.

HIV

Advances in medical science have allowed people with HIV to live longer, more fulfilled lives. Therefore, simply having an HIV disease is not a reason for automatic qualification for Social Security disability benefits.

For disability benefits, the SSA would like to see manifestations of the immune disease to occur at least once every four months and last at least two weeks each time. If the flare-ups occur more frequently than every four months, then they would not need to last two weeks per manifestation. Of course, your physical condition, treatments and reactions to those treatments are also considered in the approval of disability benefits for HIV. Marked deficiencies in your ability to live a daily life should be documented and included with your application.

Summary

As with some other impairments, immune deficiency problems can cause problems to multiple body systems. Each problem by itself may not be adequate for you to obtain Social Security disability benefits, but a combination of problems may be more than enough for you to receive your disability payments.

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Social Security Disability List of Injuries and Illnesses

Musculoskeletal System
(back & joint pain, fractures, injuries, Carpal Tunnel)

Respiratory System
(lung diseases such as asthma, sleep apnea)

Digestive System
(gastrointestinal, liver, bowel, nutrition)

Hematological Disorders
(blood related problems)

Endocrine Disorders
(diabetes, pancreatitis)

Neurological
(brain, stroke, seizures, Parkinson's, head injuries, migraines)

Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
(cancers & tumors)

Special Senses and Speech
(hearing, vision, vertigo)

Cardiovascular System
(heart attacks, chronic heart failure, blood clots)

Genitourinary Impairments
(kidney disease, dialysis)

Skin Disorders
(light sensitivity, burns)

Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
(Down Syndrome)

Mental Disorders
(autism, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and more)

Immune System Disorders
(HIV, lupus, arthritis)