Seeking Disability Benefits for Clients With Systemic Diseases
If you are suffering from a serious illness affecting multiple parts of your body, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or Lyme disease, you may be entitled to Social Security disability (SSD) or SSI benefits based on your inability to continue working full-time.
Sorting Out Your Symptoms, Seeking a Diagnosis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus — also known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) — are both autoimmune diseases that can affect many parts of the body. Lyme disease is an infectious disease with some similar symptoms, caused by tick-borne bacteria.
Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Lyme disease can all cause severe, disabling joint pain, and the three diseases are frequently mistaken for each other during diagnosis.
Other symptoms that may indicate one or more of these diseases include skin rashes, kidney disease, fever, headaches, fatigue and depression. There are a number of tests that can be done to determine whether you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or Lyme disease.
Pursuing Medical Evidence to Support Your SSD Claim
If rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or Lyme disease is causing symptoms that prevent you from holding down a full-time job, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits, either under a listed impairment or through documentation of your functional limitations.
Diagnosing your condition may require going to a rheumatologist or other specialist. Some of these symptoms may also indicate fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or multiple sclerosis. We will work with your doctor to obtain the medical records needed for your claim.
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, our knowledgeable lawyers can help you apply for benefits or appeal a denied claim. Contact us to set up a free consultation. We serve clients in Buffalo New York. Learn more about what our experienced attorneys can do to pursue the Social Security disability benefits you are legally entitled to receive.