Cellulitis is a serious skin infection caused by bacteria. This infection can be caused or worsened if an individual has a compromised immune system and/or an area of broken skin. The infection can become extremely dangerous if it spreads to the brain, spinal cord, or other areas of the body through the blood. The symptoms of cellulitis can include:
- An infected area on the skin that has red streaks extending outward, or grows redder and/or increasingly painful.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits Due to Cellulitis
Cellulitis can be an extremely serious, and even deadly, infection that affects your body very quickly. While some individuals with this condition are able to treat the infection using antibiotics and rest, others are not so fortunate. If the infection reaches the bloodstream, cellulitis can significantly affect your ability to work. If this is the case, it may be time to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
The Social Security Administration does not frequently approve applications for benefits based on cellulitis. This is because the SSA has a requirement that your symptoms either need to have lasted for 12 months, or that they are expected to last for twelve months. As cellulitis is an infection that acts rather quickly and aggressively, it can be difficult to meet this requirement. However, this does not mean that it is impossible to qualify for benefits with cellulitis.
Qualifying for SSD Benefits with Cellulitis Symptoms
If your symptoms have caused or have been caused by skin lesions that have lasted for over 3 months, and are not responding to treatment, you may be able to qualify under the chronic skin condition listing. To qualify under this listing, your lesions must make it difficult for you to use your arms and/or legs.
Even if you do not meet a specific SSA listing, you may still be approved for benefits. One way to do so is to complete a physical residual functional capacity assessment. This assessment evaluates your abilities and limitations. If you are unable to perform any tasks that are necessary to maintain a job, you may receive approval for benefits.
Medical Evidence Needed When Applying for Social Security Disability
When applying for Social Security Disability benefits for cellulitis, it is essential to provide extensive documentation that demonstrates the severity and frequency of your symptoms. Evidence may include:
- Physicians’ notes describing your diagnosis, symptoms, and prognosis
- History of hospitalizations due to infection
- History of treatments, and the outcome of those treatments
- Residual functionality capacity assessment, including comments from your doctors
Hiring a Social Security Disability Attorney to Handle Your Case
When struggling with a condition such as cellulitis, it can be crucial to receive financial assistance as soon as possible. In order to increase your chances of receiving approval, and possibly see financial assistance sooner, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney. A professional will understand the necessary qualifications and can help you find the evidence that you need to support your claim.