Can I Seek Disability for an Autoimmune Disorder?
Our immune system is a line of defense against disease and illnesses, and when we have a weakened immune system, we are more susceptible to illness and injury. Living with an autoimmune disease can result in disabling impairments that cause us to be unable to work, participate in social activities, complete household chores, or spend meaningful time with our loved ones.
When you're unable to work, you must supplement your income in another way, and many people wonder if they can get Social Security Disability benefits for their autoimmune disease. Yes, you can get disability benefits for your autoimmune disorder, but you should speak with a Maryland Social Security Disability lawyer to discuss your eligibility. Benefits are not guaranteed, and having an attorney on your side can help improve your chances.
Autoimmune diseases in the “Blue Book” of impairments
There are at least 80 autoimmune disorders that can lead to disabling ailments, preventing you from working or living as you once did. Unfortunately, not all autoimmune diseases are in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) “Blue Book”, so you will need a Maryland Social Security Disability lawyer to help you apply for benefits. Examples of autoimmune diseases in the Blue Book include:
- Systemic vasculitis
- Systemic sclerosis
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- HIV infection
While these are a few examples, your condition must prevent you from working for a minimum of 12 months. You may also qualify for temporary benefits if you receive a transplant for your autoimmune disorder. Discuss your condition with a Social Security Disability lawyer in Maryland.
Most common autoimmune disorders
According to Healthline, the 14 most common autoimmune disorders include:
- Addison’s disease
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Myasthenia gravis
- Autoimmune vasculitis
- Graves' disease
- Celiac disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis
- Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroiditis
- Diabetes mellitus, type 1
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Pernicious anemia/atrophic gastritis
- Multiple sclerosis
If you have a condition that is not listed here, that does not mean it is not a qualifying condition. Call one of our Maryland Disability attorneys to talk about your options.
Criteria for qualifying for disability benefits in Maryland
The SSA uses a Blue Book when determining whether someone is eligible for disability. You can find the Blue Book online, see if your disease meets the criteria, and review it with your doctor. If you have a rare disorder, there are other criteria you must meet to receive benefits. Whether your condition is in the listing or not, you must meet medical and employment criteria. You can also qualify for a medical-vocational allowance which is how SSA approves claims with conditions not in the Blue Book listing. You must provide documentation of your situation to prove that you need benefits such as:
- Diagnostic tests
- Imaging test results
- Treatment plans
When submitting paperwork, you must list every hospital, doctor, or medical facility where you receive treatment. The process can take a minimum of five months but is often longer. You can begin the process online, and our attorneys can assist you through the process.
What types of benefits are available for Maryland residents with autoimmune diseases?
When you have a qualifying condition and are approved for disability benefits, you will receive a monthly payment to cover your financial obligations since you cannot work as you once did. Disability benefits will vary by case and condition, but you can apply for two types: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
SSI is for disabled adults from low-income households and offers Medicaid as a benefit. Seniors are another common group of people who apply for these benefits. If you are applying for a child and both parents are financially capable of providing for it, it will result in denial until the child turns 18.
SSDI is for adults who have paid taxes over a certain period, usually between five and ten years. It is the most common form of disability, and most adults who meet the work criteria apply for this benefit. The benefit best suited for you depends on individual circumstances, and you can discuss these benefits with a Maryland Social Security disability lawyer.
Most people do not know if they qualify for SSDI or SSI when living with an autoimmune disorder. You try your hardest to stay active and participate in society, but your disease does not let you. You need Social Security benefits to supplement your income and focus on living your life. Discuss your options with the Maryland Social Security Disability lawyers from Plaxen Adler Muncy, P.A., at one of our various office locations. Call us or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.
Joshua Plaxen graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2012 magna cum laude. He was also inducted into the Heuisler Honor Society for finishing in the top ten percent of his class. During law school, Joshua served on the Executive Board of the University of Baltimore Law Review.