Some people with chronic medical conditions know about them from childhood. Other conditions only manifest later in life. Lupus often becomes symptomatic seemingly out of nowhere during adulthood, although some people start noticing symptoms in late adolescence. Lupus is a painful, often debilitating autoimmune condition that presents a number of different symptoms in different cases. It causes tissue inflammation and can even cause organ damage.
People struggling with lupus often feel frustrated because they have an invisible disability that others may dismiss as imaginary or insignificant. Meanwhile, they may struggle to handle the responsibilities of daily life or their employment. Can someone diagnosed with lupus potentially qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits when their condition starts impacting their life?
Lupus and its treatments can help someone qualify
Having a specific diagnosis does not automatically mean that someone can receive SSDI benefits. They need to have enough work credits to qualify, and they also need evidence that their medical condition is severe enough and will last long enough to qualify them for SSDI benefits.
Lupus is often progressive, meaning that symptoms will worsen over time. The type of symptoms someone experiences and their severity will largely determine whether or not they are eligible for SSDI benefits. The more documentation someone has showing that their symptoms are severe enough to keep them from working, the greater their chance of securing benefits when they apply or appeal an unfavorable decision.
Sometimes, it will be the treatment that medical professionals recommend for lupus that can help someone qualify for SSDI benefits. For example, sometimes doctors will treat lupus with chemotherapy. They may recommend that a patient receive regular sessions every few months for 18 months. Provided that the symptoms or the treatment that leaves someone unable to work will last for at least 12 months, they may potentially qualify for SSDI benefits.
Unusual conditions lead to complicated claims
Those with lupus and other less-understood medical conditions may have an uphill battle when seeking SSDI benefits. They need to be more precise in their paperwork and have more medical documentation affirming their needs. However, with the right support and records, it is theoretically possible for someone with lupus to qualify for SSDI benefits. Consulting about one’s condition with a lawyer may help those unsure about applying for SSDI benefits make a truly informed choice for their situation.