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Social Security Disability Benefits for Lupus

Frisco Social Security disability lawyer for lupus

Attorneys Assisting With SSDI for People With Lupus in Plano and Dallas County

Lupus is a serious medical condition that can have a major impact on a person's overall health and well-being while also making it difficult or impossible to complete work-related activities and maintain employment. Lupus is an immune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks healthy tissue. This disease can affect multiple organs and bodily systems, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin, or joints. Because of the severe effects that a person may experience, the symptoms of lupus will often qualify as disabilities, allowing a person to receive benefits through Social Security.

While it may seem obvious that the effects of lupus cause a person to be disabled, it is important to follow the correct procedures and provide the necessary evidence when applying for Social Security disability benefits. The Law Offices of Coats & Todd can make sure you follow the right steps in an application, and we can also assist with appealing the denial of benefits. Our attorneys bring over 60 years of combined experience to disability cases, and we fight tirelessly on behalf of our clients to ensure that they will have the financial resources they need.

Lupus and Social Security Disability

Since lupus can result in issues that involve multiple bodily systems, it can affect a person in a variety of ways. These may include:

  • Respiratory disorders - A person may experience inflammation of lung tissue that affects their ability to breathe and process oxygen. This can also lead to further complications, such as bleeding in the lungs or pneumonia.
  • Cardiovascular disorders - Lupus can cause inflammation of the heart muscles and arteries. It can lead to heart attacks, anemia, or blood clots.
  • Kidney disorders - A person may experience damage to the kidneys or total kidney failure, and they may require ongoing dialysis.
  • Skin disorders - Lupus can lead to skin lesions and photosensitivity in which a person experiences an internal response after being exposed to sunlight.
  • Neurological disorders - The brain and central nervous system may be affected, leading to issues such as headaches, dizziness, problems with vision, strokes, or seizures.
  • Mental disorders - A person may experience mood disorders such as anxiety or depression, and they may suffer memory loss, have trouble expressing their thoughts, or experience cognitive impairments.

In addition to these issues, a person with lupus may experience inflammatory arthritis, and they may suffer from extreme fatigue, swollen joints, and chronic headaches. While the specific symptoms will vary from person to person, serious health issues will often affect a person's ability to perform work-related tasks.

Lupus is included in the listing of impairments that the Social Security Administration uses to determine whether a person's condition is severe enough to be considered a disability without considering whether they have the Residual Functional Capacity to maintain employment. Lupus will be considered a disability if it affects at least two organs or bodily systems, with one organ or system being affected at a moderate level of severity, and a person must also experience at least two constitutional signs and symptoms of lupus, which include severe fatigue, fever, involuntary weight loss, and malaise. A person may also be considered disabled if at least two constitutional signs and symptoms of lupus have significantly limited their daily activities, their social functioning, or their ability to maintain concentration, persistence, and pace while completing work-related tasks.

Contact Our Flower Mound SSDI Benefits Lawyers

If you suffer from lupus, the Law Offices of Coats & Todd can help you make sure you will be able to obtain disability benefits. We will stand by your side throughout your case and fight to help you receive the financial assistance you need. Contact our office today by calling 972-671-9922 and scheduling a free consultation and case review. We assist with disability cases in Plano, Dallas, Flower Mound, Dallas County, Denton County, Allen, Collin County, Lewisville, Denton, McKinney, and Frisco.

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