If you have an autoimmune disease that has kept you out of work for at least a year, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. Our experienced disability lawyers in RI and MA have been handling disability claims for years and charge no fee unless you win your claim and receive past due benefits. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number or fill out a contact form online.

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What Are Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune Disease is the human body's immune system attacking itselfAutoimmune diseases are diseases that cause the immune system to act abnormally. When suffering from an autoimmune disease, the body makes mistakes when deciding whether a particle in the body is foreign or natural. Sometimes, the immune system attacks and tries to destroy an important part of the body. Autoimmune diseases can seriously disrupt the sufferer’s ability to maintain a normal life.

What Autoimmune Diseases Can Be Considered Disabilities?

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Arthritis (some types)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Connective Tissue Disorder
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Goodpasture’s Syndrome
  • Graves’ Disease
  • Lupus
  • Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Raynaud’s Disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease

Why Are Autoimmune Diseases Disabilities?

person with an autoimmune disease that left him in a wheelchairAutoimmune diseases are sometimes considered disabilities because they can make it almost impossible to work. These diseases can cause extreme pain or discomfort throughout the body or chronic sickness. A major factor that is taken into account by the Social Security Administration is whether or not a person can walk. Many of these conditions, like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, or Fibromyalgia, can interfere with a person’s ability to walk comfortably.

How Do You Qualify For Disability Benefits?

You qualify for disability benefits by proving that you have been unable to work for at least a year due to your disability. The Social Security Administration looks at all of your medical records and asks for the direct opinions of your doctors. Additionally, you need to have worked for at least 5 out of the last 10 years in a job where you paid taxes into Social Security.

Even if you have not worked for 5 of the last 10 years, you might still be able to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if your annual income is below a certain level. A disability lawyer will be able to tell you whether or not it is likely if you will qualify for disability benefits. Read more.

Why Hire Us?

social-security-lawyerIf you plan on, or are currently doing business with the Social Security Administration, you should consider hiring an experienced disability lawyer. Our firm has been handling these types of cases for years, and our disability lawyers charge no fee unless you win your claim and receive past due benefits. Call our toll free number or fill out a contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.