Vasculitis is a disorder of the blood vessels. They may become inflamed, resulting in weakening or thickening of their walls and possibly affecting the flow of blood to extremities or organs. Vasculitis may arise as an independent disorder, or it may be a consequence of another medical condition, such as lupus or leukemia. When vasculitis results in interrupted blood flow to parts of the body, it may have a significant impact on daily life and can result in a disability. At Kantrovitz & Associates, our Social Security attorneys have helped countless Massachusetts residents pursue government benefits based on circulatory disorders.Vasculitis and the SSA Listings
When vasculitis has advanced to the extent that it is affecting organs or extremities, it is known as systemic vasculitis. This is a disorder that is recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in its Impairment Listings. When an applicant meets the requirements in the SSA’s Impairment Listings, he or she can be more quickly approved for disability benefits. Thus, when applicable, this is the best option for individuals suffering from vasculitis.
To meet the vasculitis impairment listing, an applicant must show that either he or she has at least two organs or organs systems affected by the condition, and at least two constitutional symptoms like fever or weight loss, or at least two constitutional symptoms and ongoing manifestations of the disorder that severely affect daily living or the ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.
This is a very complicated listing to meet, and many individuals with vasculitis may find that while their disorder greatly affects their daily life and ability to work, they do not fall precisely within the contours of the SSA listing. For this reason, the SSA also allows individuals experiencing vasculitis to apply for disability through a residual functional capacity assessment.Residual Functional Capacity Evaluations
Since the SSA understands that not all conditions and diseases will fit neatly into its Impairment Listings, it also allows disability applicants to establish their eligibility for benefits by showing that a disease or disorder has limited their functional capacity so significantly as to prevent them from holding a regular job. This is typically done through a combination of evidence, including statements from doctors, medical records, and statements from family and friends who have observed the limitations imposed on the applicant. When submitted, a disability examiner will consider all of this evidence, and the applicant’s residual functional capacity will be determined. If that capacity is so limited that the applicant could not reasonably hold a job currently available in the national economy, he or she will be designated as disabled. Thus, for instance, if an applicant’s medical evidence shows that he or she cannot walk because of impaired blood flow to the legs, residual functional capacity will be very limited, and disability may be awarded.Consult a Massachusetts Attorney When Applying for Government Benefits
At Kantrovitz & Associates, our government benefits lawyers understand that the SSDI process can be challenging for Massachusetts residents. Applicants may be concerned about whether their disorder properly meets the criteria of an SSA impairment listing, or if they will be required to prove their disability through an alternative means. Questions also may arise concerning the medical documentation necessary to support a claim. If you or a loved one is facing these types of concerns, contact our office today. Our attorneys proudly serve individuals in Boston, as well as in the surrounding communities in the Merrimack River area and Plymouth, Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk, and Middlesex Counties. For more information, contact us at (800) 367-0871 or online.