I suffer from lupus and struggle to find a job I can do. I applied for Social Security disability in Boston, but was denied. What can I do?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a complex listing for lupus. In order to qualify under its listing, you must show that you have very specific symptoms, such as fever, exhaustion, malaise, and weight loss, while also showing how these symptoms limit your ability to function in the workplace. If you were denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Boston for lupus, chances are your application was missing one of the criteria the SSA needs to see to approve you.

Medical Evidence to Submit in Your Appeal for SSDI in Boston for Lupus

Although you were denied, you still have an opportunity to receive the support you need. Many people are denied in their initial application. When you appeal, you must submit medical evidence that shows you have been correctly diagnosed with lupus, and that you meet the specific criteria put in place by the SSA.

The SSA uses the guidelines put in place by the American College of Rheumatology when making their determination. Therefore, according to current criteria for lupus, you must show that you have at least four of the following:

  • Renal disorder
  • Neurologic disorder
  • Hematologic disorder
  • Immunologic disorder
  • Malar rash
  • Discoid rash
  • Photosensitivity
  • Oral Ulcers
  • Arthritis
  • Sersitis
  • Antinuclear antibody

When submitting your appeal, you must prove that you have these four symptoms through medical evidence, such as from blood tests, doctor notes, imaging tests, and more.

Because the process is so tedious and the SSA requires very specific criteria be met before approving someone for SSDI for lupus, we highly recommend you seek help from a skilled Boston SSDI lawyer who knows what the SSA is looking for and can help. Call us toll-free at 888-904-6847 to learn more about how we can help with your appeal process.

John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer