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Autoimmune Diseases and Social Security Disability

Members of my family have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.  Many of my clients also suffer from an autoimmune disease.   So the question is can I get social security disability if I have an autoimmune disease?  If the symptoms of the disease prevent you from working full time the answer may be yes! Each week I will be posting about an autoimmune disease and how it may qualify you for social security disability benefits.  First, though is what is as an autoimmune disease?  It is when the immune system makes antibodies that attack the body’s own healthy tissues.  The antibodies are attacking the healthy tissue by mistake.   There are over 80 autoimmune diseases. I will be covering the most common ones and some of the less common ones.  Some common ones are: Diabetes Type I Graves Disease (when you have an overactive thyroid) Celiac Disease Hashimoto’s Disease (when you have an underactive thyroid) Hemolytic Anemia Inflammatory Bowel Disease Multiple Sclerosis Rheumatoid Arthritis Lupus (Systematic Lupus Erythematosus) There are many more.   What is important to remember is that the name of the disease is not what is important in order to obtain disability benefits.   What are important are the symptoms that you suffer from that prevent you from working a full-time job.  For example if you have complete exhaustion due to the exhaustion of lupus this is a symptom that may prevent you from working full-time.  If you have difficulty using your hands due to pain from your rheumatoid arthritis then this is a symptom that may prevent you from working many jobs full-time. The SSA can come up with many different jobs that you can perform so you are trying to show how your autoimmune disorder prevents you from working ANY job that exists in large numbers in the economy. You may also meet or equal a social security listing impairment. In that case you do not have to show that you cannot work a full-time job.   You just have to show that medically you meet the requirements of a social security listing.   I will talk about listings in a future post. As I mentioned I will have many future posts, but if you have any questions call the Brent Law Firm, PC at (716) 831-1111 and I will be more than happy to answer all of your disability questions. Please remember that this is just general information, and everyone’s situation is unique. This article should not be considered legal advice.  

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