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Can I get disability benefits for an immune disorder?

You may not realize that Social Security Disability benefits are available to people who have immune system disorders in Florida. It is important to understand what kinds of disorders qualify for these benefits, as well as what you need to do to access them.

According to the Social Security Administration, you may qualify for disability benefits if your condition falls into one of three groups of immune system disorders. One of these groups is immune deficiency disorders. This includes conditions which might have complications that can affect the rest of your body. You may also have frequent infections which are difficult to treat. Disability benefits also generally cover autoimmune disorders. This means your body may work against itself when your immune system has to target pathogens. Additionally, HIV sometimes qualifies for these benefits.

The SSA has a list of conditions which usually meet the qualifications for disability benefits. These include inflammatory arthritis, systemic sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus. However, the SSA typically considers any condition which causes one of your organs to malfunction or limits your ability to function every day. You generally have to demonstrate that you have received treatment for your condition and that this treatment either does not make a significant difference or that your condition keeps coming back.

If you want to receive Social Security Disability, you generally have to submit medical documents to the SSA. You may have to provide a copy of your medical history, as well as doctor's records diagnosing your condition. Sometimes you might have to submit X-rays and other medical images which demonstrate the extent of your condition. The SSA typically uses all of this information to determine how your disorder affects your daily life and whether it keeps you from working. 

This information is general in nature and should not be used in place of legal advice.

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