Lupus and SSD Benefits
Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease with little to no visible symptoms. Common symptoms are joint pain, swelling, fatigue, fever, sensitivity to sunlight, and various others. The only physically visible sign that an individual might half lupus is the development of the “butterfly” rash; a rash that covers the cheeks and the bridge of the nose, which then vaguely resembles a butterfly. There is no cure for lupus, but instead medicine attempts to keep it to mild symptoms. This condition could be possibly life-threatening if medical help is not sought out.
Joint pain and weakness are both factors that can restrict an individual with lupus from performing in many work places. Also, these individuals are sensitive (in most cases) to sunlight and even fluorescent light; this would keep them from performing any type of work outside or in factories and offices (where fluorescent lights are uniform).
Lupus and Filing for California SSD Benefits
If the applicant’s impairments fall near any of the following categories set forth by Social Security’s Listing, a strong claim may exist. The Listing is as follows;
- 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).Or
- 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 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.
Being that lupus is very unpredictable and can affect any part of the body, a claim should be made in every case. Lupus can become life-threatening and can seriously damage the organs/body. Fatigue can then be debilitating. Also, keep in mind that chronic illnesses often lead to depression leaving room for that claim to be made. If you have any questions please contact us at 1-800-882-5500, or submit your application for a free claim evaluation.