Immune system disorders (ISD) are one of the worst types of ailments you can suffer, namely because your own body attacks itself from the inside out. The immune system is basically the body’s army against foreign invaders. The job of your immune system is to specifically fight of diseases, viruses, and bacterium in order to protect your body from illnesses. However, if you suffer from an immune system disorder, your “army” begins to attack itself and healthy “civilians.”

According to the National Institute of Health, immune disorders and autoimmune diseases cause the immune system to confuse healthy cells with infectious cells. As a result, the system attacks and kills healthy cells. This not only weakens your body overall, but it also makes it difficult to fight off actual infections due to the fact the immune system is compromised.

Due to the potential risks and symptoms that result from immune disorders, the Social Security Administration recognizes that immune system disorders can limit the ability to work, and therefore qualify for disability benefits. However, since there are more than 100 different types and severities of ISDs, proving your condition and workability is essential for benefit approval.

This is why, before you file a disability claim, it is important to know whether your condition is severe enough to warrant approval, otherwise you’re just wasting your time.

Social Security Administration Approved ISDs 

In order to speed up application investigations, the Social Security Administration (SSA) categorizes conditions in which they have already investigated into severity classifications known as the “Blue Book.” This book allows the disability panel to compare your condition with others that they have already approved in order to justify a decision. Although the book doesn’t include all known ISDs, it gives the panel a starting point. Therefore, if your condition isn’t included in their list, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be automatically denied. It does however mean that you’ll need to work that much harder to make sure your application is perfect for consideration.

The ISDs that the SSA specifically recognizes are as follows:

  • Lupus
  • Vasculitis
  • Sclerosis
  • Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Immune deficiency disorders (excluding HIV)
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome

Risking Approval by Going it Alone

Given the risks associated with ISDs, as well as the potential inability to support yourself, do you really think it’s a good idea to risk your application by doing it solo? Wouldn’t you rather have the guarantees from an experienced lawyer, rather than waiting months and months to find out that you forgot to dot an “I” or cross a “T”—causing your application to be denied? Have you already had your claim denied due to insufficient documentation?

Let us know how you feel about disability guidelines, help, and the approval process. Share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comment section, or tell us your personal stories about filing your application. By hearing from you, and learning more about your specific situation, we can help ensure your next application is perfectly filled out for consideration.

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John L. Keefe
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