In our Social Security Disability practice, we have found that almost any disease or disorder can be disabling. We have recently won cases for individuals with severe sarcoidosis, a disease of unknown cause.
According to Merck Source, sarcoidosis (sahr″koi-dósis) is: “a chronic, progressive, generalized granulomatous reticulosis that may affect any part of the body but most frequently involves the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, lungs, skin, eyes, and small bones of the hands and feet. It is characterized by the presence in all affected organs or tissues of epithelioid cell tubercles that later become converted into featureless hyaline fibrous tissue.” With our clients who have obtained Social Security disability, the disease was both severe and chronic, affecting multiple body systems. The overall frequency and persistence of the illness has been a compelling factor leading to an award of disability.