What to Know About Qualifying for New Hampshire SSDI with Lupus

Lupus is a unique type of autoimmune disease in that it causes the body to attack itself. Although there are varying degrees of severity, if you have lupus, your body could be subjected to joint, skin, nerve, organ, blood, or lung damage. When the condition becomes severe enough, maintaining the job you once held could be impossible. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in New Hampshire may be able to help.

Qualifying for SSDI in New Hampshire with Lupus

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a specific listing that covers lupus. To qualify, you must meet the criteria the SSA outlined as a benchmark in determining your ability to work.

There are two ways you can meet the SSA listing for lupus.

  • Lupus must impact at least two body systems or organs and cause exhaustion, fevers, malaise, and/or involuntary weight loss.
  • Lupus must cause exhaustion, fevers, malaise, and/or involuntary weight loss and cause significant limitations in your everyday activities, your ability to take part in regular social functions, or your potential to focus on the work or tasks at hand.

In either case, you must demonstrate that lupus significantly impacts your ability to live and work independently, making it difficult to perform your job.

What If I Don’t Qualify Under the SSA Listing for Lupus?

If lupus has severely limited your ability to work, but you do not meet the specific listing requirements put in place by the SSA, there is another option available. If your condition limits your ability to function on the job, you can demonstrate this by filling out a Residual Functional Capacity assessment. In this assessment, you’ll show your mental, physical, and sensory capacity, and how each are limited by lupus. New Hampshire SSDI is available to those who can show limitations, even when they do not meet the listing.

Filling out your application can be very difficult. The SSA looks for very specific items, no matter whether you apply under the listing, or using an RFC. To ensure you get the best outcome possible in your application, it is recommended that you seek help from a New Hampshire SSDI attorney who knows and understands what the SSA needs to approve your application.

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John L. Keefe
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