Social Security Disability Conditions
Immune System Disorders
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD)
Is a payroll-funded program to supplement the income of those unable to work due to disability.
General Qualifications for SSD Eligibility
For you to be eligible for SSD, your disability must last for at least a year or be terminal. You must also be under age 65 to be eligible, as 65 is normally the age of Medicare eligibility.
To be eligible for SSD, you must have accumulated a prescribed number of Social Security credits (normally accumulated through work experience and payment into Social Security) during the 10 years immediately preceding disability. Requirements vary according to age, and if you suffer disability before age 23 you may be able to draw on your parents’ Social Security credits without affecting your parents’ eligibility for SSD.
Immune System Disorders and SSD
An immune system disorder causing dysfunction in one or more components of your immune system may qualify you for Social Security Disability benefits. Such disorders can include lupus, vasculitis, connective tissue disease, inflammatory arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and HIV infection.
Immune system disorders may result in various infections or inflammation of tissues, and may cause serious loss of function in a single organ or body system or in two or more organs or body systems. Immune system disorders are often associated with such symptoms as fatigue, fever, and weight loss.
To be evaluated for disability, you will normally need to submit your medical history, a physical examination report, and a laboratory report confirming your diagnosis. You may be required to submit acceptable imaging or a biopsy report showing you have an immune system disorder.
For further information about disability conditions relating to your immune system, click here.
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