Skin disorders are a common health problem that can affect people of all ages. While most skin disorders are not life-threatening, they can be painful, disfiguring, and difficult to treat. In some cases, skin disorders can be so severe that they can prevent people from working and carrying out their daily activities. If you have a skin disorder that is severely limiting your ability to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
What is Social Security Disability?
Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is a program that provides financial support to people who are unable to work due to a medical condition. To be eligible for SSDI, you must have a medical condition that is expected to last for at least one year or that will result in death. You must also have worked long enough and paid enough into the Social Security system.
How do Skin Disorders Qualify for Social Security Disability?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a listing of impairments that are considered to be automatically disabling.Skin disorders are not listed in the SSA’s Blue Book, but they can still qualify for disability benefits if they meet the following criteria:
- Your skin disorder must be severe enough to limit your ability to work for at least 12 months.
- Your skin disorder must cause you to have at least two of the following:
- Marked limitations in your ability to perform basic work activities, such as lifting, walking, standing, sitting,or handling objects.
- Marked limitations in your ability to function in social situations.
- Marked limitations in your ability to adapt to changes in your work environment.
- Marked limitations in your ability to acquire new skills or training.
In addition to meeting the medical criteria, you must also meet the work criteria for SSDI. This means that you must have worked long enough and paid enough into the Social Security system to qualify for benefits.
How to Apply for Social Security Disability for Skin Disorders
If you believe that you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits due to a skin disorder, you should apply as soon as possible. The application process can be complex and time-consuming, so it is important to start early.
To apply for SSDI, you can complete an application online or by phone. You will need to provide information about your medical condition, your work history, and your finances. You will also need to provide medical records from your doctor or other healthcare providers.
The SSA will review your application and make a decision about whether you are eligible for benefits. If you are approved, you will receive monthly benefits payments.
Getting Help with Your SSDI Application
The application process for SSDI can be challenging, so it is important to get help from someone who is familiar with the system. You can get help from an attorney, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, or a disability advocacy organization.