Can I Get Social Security Disability For Scleroderma?

Jul 16, 2011 Comments Off on Can I Get Social Security Disability For Scleroderma? by

Question: Can I get Social Security disability for Scleroderma?

Answer: Yes, it is certainly possible to get Social Security disability benefits for Scleroderma, also known as Progressive Systemic Sclerosis.

First, for the reader not familiar with Scleroderma, let me assure you that this isn’t just some skin problem, although skin problems can certainly be disabling. Scleroderma is a rheumatic disorder. One aspect of Scleroderma is that the skin can become hard — really hard. That’s bad enough but the same thing can happen to the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, etc. OK, now even if you didn’t know anything before about scleroderma, you know it’s a dangerous disease, one that can easily kill a person.

Because Scleroderma is such a serious disease, people with Scleroderma usually stand an excellent chance of winning their Social Security disability claim.

Let me mention that sometimes it is not completely clear whether a patient has scleroderma or some similar condition such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Often a patient gets diagnosed with what is called an “overlap syndrome” because they seem to have elements of two or more rheumatic diseases. People with overlap syndrome also stand an excellent chance of winning their Social Security disability claim.

It’s important for anyone with Scleroderma to be under medical care. That helps with Social Security but it is essential to help the patient stay alive and to reduce suffering. The fact that a patient is taking Prednisone on a long term basis for Scleroderma or an overlap syndrome is normally a sign that a person is particularly likely to be awarded benefits.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.