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August 30, 2021

If you have lupus — an autoimmune disorder affecting as many as 1.5 million people in the U.S. alone — you likely experience debilitating symptoms, including joint pain and stiffness, inflammation, unexplained fevers, and even fatigue. Lupus can make it challenging, if not impossible, to work if flare-ups are consistent. If so, you may qualify for disability benefits administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This blog explains how to qualify  for disability benefits due to lupus or another autoimmune disease. 

 Social Security Disability Attorney for Lupus in Omaha, Nebraska 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

Can You Get Disability For Lupus? 

To meet the disability criteria of the SSA, your lupus must involve two or more organs or bodily systems and includes at least two major symptoms or signs, such as fever, malaise, fatigue, involuntary weight loss, or joint pain. Lupus can cause severe symptoms and can sometimes be fatal. It can cause anemia, swelling, pleurisy, sensitivity to sun, hair loss, and even abnormal blood clotting. If lupus symptoms occur, it qualifies for disability benefits when lupus causes – limitation of daily living activities, limitation of social functioning, and limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner because of problems with pace, persistence, or concentration. 

Lupus disability claims are often denied. If that is the case, you will receive a denial notice from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This letter will explain why your claim was denied, and the timeframe for appealing the ruling. You will want to gather the additional information your claim needs to succeed when it is reviewed again. You will want to enlist the help of a disability attorney who will know what additional information is required and who will make sure the appeal is filed before time runs out.  

You must provide supporting medical records, such as test results like bloodwork and medical notes. Details about your treatment and the side effects from the treatment, which sometimes includes anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and chemotherapy drugs like methotrexate. Those treatment details should be included in those records. 

What is a Medical Vocational Allowance? 

If you cannot qualify for disability benefits for  lupus using the Blue Book listings, you may qualify through a medical vocational allowance. Using this approach, your physician, such as your rheumatologist, can complete a residual functional capacity (RFC) form, which details what you can and cannot do due to the symptoms of your condition. This will allow the disability examiner to determine if you can work, and if so, what kind of work you can do. 

Do I Need a Lawyer for Disability Claims? 

If you are filing for disability benefits because of lupus, you should enlist the help of an experienced disability attorney. The disability lawyers at Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., have helped hundreds of individuals with autoimmune disease maneuver the claims process and be awarded disability benefits. If you suffer from the severe symptoms of lupus, then call the law offices for a free initial consultation, so you can determine the best way to proceed with your claim. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a workers’ compensation case, a personal injury claim, a medical malpractice case, or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

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