Social Security Disability and Lupus

Lupus is a disability that is eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Taylor, in El Cajon, California, says “I have been diagnosed with Lupus and am unable to work, will I qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance?”

Yes, Lupus is a disability that is eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If the claimant has the symptoms that match the Lupus listing in the list of impairments, then he/she will probably be awarded disability benefits. If the claimants’ symptoms don’t match the Lupus listing exactly, then the examiner might give a medical vocational allowance and approve the claim.

Lupus is found in section 14.02 of the listing of impairments. Section 14 describes Immune System Disorders and section 14.02 describes Lupus (or Systemic lupus erythematosus).

This is what section 14 says about Lupus:

14.02 Systemic lupus erythematosus. As described in 14.00D1. With:
A. Involvement of two or more organs/body systems, with:
1. One of the organs/body systems involved to at least a moderate level of severity; and
2. At least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss).
OR
B. Repeated manifestations of SLE, with at least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss) and one of the following at the marked level:
1. Limitation of activities of daily living.
2. Limitation in maintaining social functioning.
3. Limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence, or pace.

If you suffer from Lupus and are unable to work because of your disability, you should apply for SSDI or SSI benefits right away. If you have been denied disability, or if you have questions, talk with an experienced disability attorney who can help you with your case. Hiring an attorney to help you with a disability claim will greatly improve your chances of being awarded benefits. Click here to schedule a free consultation with an experienced disability attorney in the San Diego & Los Angeles area, and all of Southern California.