If you are immunocompromised, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may consider you disabled. You can qualify for disability benefits with an autoimmune disease.
You will need to provide supporting documentation and hard medical evidence to back up your claim. Here is a closer look at how being immunocompromised may qualify for Social Security disability benefits and what supporting documentation you may need to get your claim approved.
What Autoimmune Diseases Qualify For Disability Benefits?
The Blue Book has an entire section that involves autoimmune disorders. Section 14.00 Autoimmune Disorders includes several autoimmune diseases and has the specific criteria for how they may qualify for disability benefits. Some of the qualifying conditions per the Blue Book include:
- Inflammatory Arthritis, such as ankylosing spondylitis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
- Systemic Vasculitis
To qualify you must provide proof of diagnosis, which will include the lab and test results. You will need to show medical exam notes that indicate the severity of the condition, any treatment plan, and how you responded to that treatment. You will need to show what medications or therapies you underwent, and how the condition limits you.
In general, you will need to show that you have inflammation of major joints in a lower or upper extremity that has manifested causing difficulties with your fine and gross movements or walking. You suffer joint pain, tenderness, and/or swelling, and you have constitutional symptoms, such as fever, malaise, fatigue, and involuntary weight loss, which in turn, causes severe limitations.
Can I Apply For Disability Benefits With An Autoimmune Disease?
Yes, you can apply for disability benefits if you have an autoimmune disease, and you may qualify for benefits if you can provide hard medical evidence and other supporting documentation. You will need to provide a detailed list of healthcare providers with contact details and approximate dates of service. Imaging results, blood tests, and other tests that diagnose and confirm the severity of your condition are essential to your claim and its success. You will also need to provide supporting documentation, such as statements from friends, family, and coworkers familiar with your situation.
You must have a confirmed diagnosis and medical test results that confirm the severity of your condition. A residual functional capacity (RFC) form completed by a treating physician that confirms the severity of your condition and how it limits and restricts your daily functioning. You must have evidence to back up your claim and to confirm the severity of your condition and how it limits your ability to work and earn a living.
Get Help Filing for SSD With an Autoimmune Disease
If you are immunocompromised and unsure if you qualify for disability benefits from the SSA, you should consult with a disability attorney. An attorney can review the details of your autoimmune disability claim and determine the best way to approach your disability claim. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form to share the details with an independent, participating attorney who handles claims in your area.