Immune Deficiency Disorders

Massachusetts Attorneys Providing Legal Guidance on the Disability Process

Although our immune systems typically act to protect us from the threat of disease or harm, they can sometimes go awry. Our immune responses may become unable to adequately respond to the threat of foreign infections and unable to protect our bodies from substances and circumstances that would otherwise be nonthreatening. When this happens, individuals may develop immune deficiency disorders that can threaten their ability to live normal, productive lives. At Kantrovitz and Associates, our disability benefits lawyers have over two decades of experience helping individuals throughout Massachusetts evaluate whether they qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and file persuasive applications.

Qualifying for Benefits With an Immune Deficiency Disorder

Immune deficiency disorders can take many forms, which can make qualifying for benefits challenging. Some immune disorders, known as primary deficiency disorders, are present from birth and often result in an inability to develop certain antibodies needed to fight off diseases. Other immune deficiency disorders, such as AIDS, are acquired but have the same devastating impact. While AIDS is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) with its own separate impairment listing, most immune disorders are categorized in the same general listing, requiring that an applicant show that he or she is suffering from ongoing severe infections that do not respond to treatment or require hospitalization, or has undergone a stem cell transplant in an attempt to treat the disorder.

Often, individuals with immune deficiency disorders must attempt to establish their eligibility for benefits by using the SSA’s Residual Functional Capacity assessments. Through these evaluations, you can use your medical documentation, personal testimony, and the testimony of others who know you to establish that your condition substantially limits your ability to work. The SSA will take all of this information, have it evaluated by doctors who work with it, and come to a determination about whether there are any jobs in the national economy that your disease and limitations would allow you to perform. If not, you will be found eligible for benefits.

Appealing a Disability Denial

If your initial application for SSDI benefits is denied, you likely will want to appeal this determination. Having a qualified disability attorney during the appeals process can have a significant impact on your ability to overturn your denial and obtain the benefits you deserve. Surprisingly, many SSDI applicants do not appeal their denials, despite the possibility of success on appeal. Massachusetts allows individuals seeking benefits several different levels of appeals, and at each step the SSA will take a second careful look at your application and determine whether an error may have occurred. Additionally, as you proceed through the appeals process you will have the opportunity to make your own arguments before a judge addressing why the initial denial may have been incorrect.

Explore Your Social Security Options with a Massachusetts Lawyer

If you are currently battling an immune deficiency disorder, the process of obtaining disability benefits can be challenging one. Your symptoms may come and go depending on the stresses in your life and may make it difficult to convince the SSA of the severity of your disease. While denials for immune deficiency disorders can happen, you may still be entitled to the benefits you deserve and should continue to fight for your right to them. At Kantrovitz & Associates, our Social Security attorneys can help you compile a compelling application for SSDI or understand your options on appeal. We understand the Massachusetts disability process and will always advise you honestly on your prospects for success. Our Boston office serves residents throughout the city and surrounding areas, including Merrimack River and Norfolk, Essex, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Middlesex Counties. We also represent individuals in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. For more information, contact us at (800) 367-0871 or online.