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How are skin disorders analyzed for Social Security disability?

There are a number of diseases, illnesses and injuries that can affect an individual's life. Such conditions may leave an individual in pain and unable to carry out what were once easy tasks. In fact, some medical conditions leave individuals unable to work, which can throw their finances into a tailspin and make it difficult to pay the rent or mortgage and obtain much needed medical care. Individuals in these situations may need to seek out Social Security disability benefits to find the financial stability they need.

Every claim that goes through the SSD claims process is carefully scrutinized by administrative law judges who look to the Social Security Administration's guidelines. To serve as an example of what is looked for, we will look at skin disorders.

There are many factors that may be assessed when analyzing a skin disorder for Social Security disability purposes. First, the SAA will need medical documentation evidencing the onset of the condition and the length of its presence. Evidence of flare-up frequency can also be valuable, as well as any prognoses given. The size and location of lesions may have an effect on a disability determination, as may one's exposure to toxins or allergens. In the end, though, one's claim must be backed by laboratory results and other medical findings. Failing to provide these may result in a denied claim.

With this in mind, those thinking about filing a claim for SSD benefits should carefully prepare their filing. Even if that claim is denied, these individuals still have the opportunity to appeal the decision. By speaking with a qualified legal professional, these disabled individuals may be able to develop a strategy that leads to the recovery of compensation to help them with their medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: Social Security Administration, "8.00 Skin Disorders - Adult," accessed on Aug. 15, 2016

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