Lupus is a disease that causes the immune system to attack the body. It commonly causes rashes, painful or swollen joints, and organ damage. Estimates suggest that over 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. have lupus. The diligent Social Security attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates have devoted more than 20 years to representing clients throughout Massachusetts in addition to New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Building on our familiarity with this complex area of law, we can help you present the strongest possible application for disability benefits due to lupus or help you file an appeal if your application has been denied.Lupus Sufferers May be Eligible for Public Assistance
You may qualify for Social Security benefits if you cannot work as a result of a medical condition that is expected to last a year or more, or until you die. When evaluating each application, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will compare the symptoms reported by a claimant to its Listing of Impairments. This document outlines a list of medical conditions that the SSA believes to be so grave that they prevent a person from working and therefore make him or her eligible for government assistance.
Sections 14.00D1 and 14.02 of Part A of the Listing cover medical criteria relating to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). An individual who meets these requirements likely will qualify for Social Security. There are two different sets of criteria.
The first of them applies to a claimant diagnosed with SLE that affects two or more organs or body systems, accompanied by a moderately severe effect on at least one of them. There also must be two or more symptoms that are characteristic of this disease, such as fever, malaise, severe fatigue, or involuntary weight loss. Alternately, people suffering from SLE may be eligible for disability benefits under the Listing if they repeatedly experience two or more of those characteristic symptoms and have marked limitations in one of the following:
- Activities of daily living
- Maintaining social functioning
- Ability to complete tasks on time because of problems with concentration, persistence, or pace
If an individual does not meet the specific requirements of the Listing but is unable to work because of a lupus-related condition, he or she may still be able to demonstrate eligibility for disability benefits under the SSA’s residual functional capacity (RFC) evaluation. The decision-makers in this process will look at the records of your treating physician as well as evidence from other witnesses and your own testimony on the pain and suffering that you have endured. The purpose of this evaluation lies in determining what an applicant is able to do and his or her ability to engage in job-related activities.
If you have lupus or SLE, you may well be eligible for government benefits. An experienced lawyer can work with you and your treating physicians to gather the medical records, tests, and paperwork required to make a persuasive application.Consult Knowledgeable Massachusetts Attorneys for Your Government Benefits Claim
If you are a Massachusetts resident seeking guidance with your government benefits application or appeal, you should consider consulting the seasoned lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates. We have offered thoughtful advice to beneficiaries and applicants in Norfolk, Essex, Middlesex, Plymouth, and Suffolk Counties, as well as the Merrimack River area. Set up a free initial consultation with a member of our team by calling toll-free at 1-800-367-0871 (617-367-0880) or using the contact form on our website.