Los Angeles Lupus Claims Attorney
Southern California Social Security Disability Lawyer
Multiple sclerosis (MS) and lupus are both classified as autoimmune disorders by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This means that the body’s immune system attacks the tissues in the body, causing symptoms ranging from pain to blindness to inability to walk. If you or a loved one suffer from MS or lupus, it may be possible to get Social Security Disability/Supplemental Security Income (SSD/SSI) benefits.
Come to the Disability Rights Law Center for assistance with your SSD/SSI claim. We can help you with the initial application or with denied claims. Our experience means that we know how to present your strongest case to the SSA. For a free consultation, please call 213-784-4386 or contact us online.
Symptoms of MS and Lupus
MS is one of the conditions named in the SSA’s listing of impairments. You will still need to provide appropriate medical evidence of the disease and its effects on your life, however. People with MS may suffer a range of symptoms with varying degrees of severity. Some common symptoms include:
- Impaired vision
- Pain, numbness and prickling sensations
- Difficulty with balance and coordination
- Inability to stand or walk
- Loss of hearing or speech
- Mental impairment
Your medical report should document the disease’s effect on your ability to complete daily tasks and work-related activities.
Lupus is also mentioned in the listing of impairments; however, its description is not as specific. This sometimes means that the SSA is inconsistent when determining the eligibility of lupus symptoms for benefits.
People who suffer from lupus usually experience chronic pain and fatigue. In addition, they may experience depression, joint pain, chest pain, shortness of breath and memory loss. These symptoms alone may be disabling. However, lupus can also cause damage to other body systems, including the kidneys, central nervous system, blood vessels, lungs, heart and bones. It may make the body susceptible to infection and cancer, as well.
Medical reports for lupus patients should document the symptoms and effects on the ability to perform substantial gainful activity.