Some workplaces expose employees to irritants or toxic substances that cause major skin problems. You may suffer to such a degree that you cannot work at your current job and have problems earning a living. Fortunately, Social Security extends its disability program to people who suffer from a skin disorder.
If you wish to apply for disability, you should start gathering evidence to show how your skin condition makes it difficult for you to engage in work or other activities.
Information on your disorder
Social Security will require certain information on your condition. You will likely have to address aspects of your disorder, including the following:
- When your disorder appeared
- How long your condition has lasted
- When your disorder flares up
Social Security also determines the severity of a skin disorder based on the nature of skin lesions. You should document how large your skin lesions are, how they appear and where they are on your body.
Medical history and personal reactions
Your history with any substances such as allergens or toxins that may have caused or aggravated your condition could support your claim. Social Security will also want to know how seasonal changes or outside stress affects your health, as well as how you handle non-protective environments.
Laboratory test results
A laboratory analysis could help confirm the nature of your condition. Social Security may accept the results of a blood test or a biopsy. In general, supplying evidence that is consistent with the current state of medical practice and knowledge should help support your case.
Social Security determines skin disorder severity based on different factors, such as the effects of medical treatment on you and how your symptoms limit your work activity. Providing Social Security with the proper evidence is an essential step in applying for disability benefits.