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How to Apply for Disability Benefits with Connective Tissue Disease?

Published on April 9th, 2019

Connective tissue diseases affect chemicals that hold fat, cartilage and other tissues together. Capable of significantly impacting the normal functioning and shape of body organs and joints, connective tissue disease is either genetic (Ehlers-Danlos or Marfan syndrome) or developing as a type of autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack its own soft tissues. Many connective tissue diseases like scleroderma, systemic lupus, polymyositis and rheumatoid arthritis are classified as autoimmune disorders. You may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if your connective tissue disease is severe enough to prevent you from being gainfully employed.

Connective Tissue Disease

Is It Difficult to be Approved for Connective Tissue Disease Disability Benefits?

The Social Security’s Blue Book lists all medical conditions that qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Mixed connective and undifferentiated tissue disorders are listed under the “immune disorders” category. Medical proof necessary to have a claim for connective tissue disease benefits approved includes:

  • Blood tests solidly indicating the existence of connective tissue diseases
  • Proof that at least two areas of the body are affected by this disease. In addition, the disability applicant should have clinical evidence of severe symptoms such as significantly reduced flexibility, fever, weakness, fatigue and weight loss.
  • Proof from a doctor or specialist that the condition prevents you from performing daily tasks necessary for your well-being (picking up prescriptions, taking care of personal hygiene, maintaining a home)

Scleroderma is one of the more common connective tissue diseases that may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if the applicant can provide documentation proving they suffer from severe heart palpitations, fainting episodes, pulmonary artery hypertension, renal crises and/or impaired range of joint motion.

Can a Disability Attorney Help Get My Application for Disability Benefits Approved?

Filing for disability benefits for scleroderma or other connective tissue diseases involves gathering evidence that is detailed, clinical and descriptive enough to show SSA evaluators the disease stops you from being gainfully employed. For assistance with your application and to potentially avoid an initial denial, contact the Law Office of Daniel Berger today to speak to an experienced disability attorney.


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