Do You Suffer From Lupus?

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body. Inflammation may occur in the skin, joints, or organs inside the body. Lupus can cause extreme fatigue, fever, malaise, chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches, a butterfly-shaped rash on the face that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose, anemia, and changes in weight. It can also cause joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.

In evaluating your lupus, Social Security will consider the following:

  • Whether an organ or body system is involved
  • Symptoms or signs such as severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss
  • Limitations on your daily activities
  • Limitations in maintaining social functioning
  • Limitations in completing tasks in a timely manner
  • Limitations in concentrating

Social Security looks at how lupus affects your maximum ability to perform work-related activities on a continuing basis. Social Security is required to consider the nature and extent of your lupus, and how this condition restricts your ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, and pull, as well as your ability to perform postural or manipulative activities (i.e. bending, twisting, stooping, reaching, fingering, or feeling). Social Security will also assess any further limitations that your lupus might cause, such as a need for environmental restrictions, unscheduled breaks, or excessive absences due to symptoms or treatments.

If lupus interferes with your ability to manage daily activities or maintain employment, Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP can help. Our attorneys help individuals suffering from lupus fight for disability benefits. If you are disabled because of your lupus, or if you need help determining if you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits because of lupus, contact Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP.

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