Getting Social Security Disability for Psoriasis
For most people, psoriasis is a skin condition that causes itchiness and other symptoms, but for some, psoriasis is much more debilitating. If your psoriasis is so severe it causes joint pain, skin infections or arthritis and you can no longer work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
Social Security Disability benefits for psoriasis can be somewhat complicated since the Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn’t recognize psoriasis as one of its official conditions that qualify for benefits. However, psoriasis does fall under the condition of dermatitis according to the SSA’s rules.
To get disability benefits for your psoriasis alone, it’s important that you meet SSA’s guidelines for certain conditions. You must also prove that the symptoms and other conditions associated with your psoriasis will keep you from working for at least 12 months.
If your psoriasis is so severe and is causing skin infections, arthritis and/or joint pain, call our psoriasis disability attorneys at Nash Disability Law. We’ll give you a free consultation to help determine if you may qualify for disability benefits for your psoriasis.
Complications from Psoriasis and How They May Affect Your Ability to Work
If you have psoriasis, you can only win disability benefits if you can’t work for a minimum of one full year. With psoriasis, as with any other health problem, it depends on the particular facts associated with your case whether you will need to prove that you cannot perform any job as opposed to a particularly active job you’ve had in the past. While psoriasis is mainly a skin condition, it can lead to other conditions recognized by the SSA including:
Major Joint Dysfunction
- In severe cases, psoriasis can cause joint dysfunction resulting in pain, stiffness and loss of motion.
- The arthritis associated with psoriasis (known as psoriatic arthritis), can affect your spine and may severely affect your ability to bend, sit for long periods or stand for long amounts of time.
Extensive Skin Lesions
- Lesions that make it difficult to move your joints, on your palms and hands, on the soles of your feet and in your groin area may affect your ability to work.
- Psoriatic arthritis usually affects smaller joins, but any type of arthritis is eligible for disability benefits if you can’t work.
To prove your psoriasis and the complications from it affect your ability to work, the SSA will examine your work history, medical records and functional limitations to determine if you qualify for benefits.
If you have psoriasis and need to apply for the first time or appeal your denial, the disability lawyers at Nash Disability Law can help. Call us today for help with your psoriasis disability claim.
Starting the Disability Process When You Have Psoriasis
The biggest thing you will need to prove to the SSA is that your psoriasis (and any complication) affects your ability to work and that you won’t be able to work for at least 12 months. The process to win benefits can be complicated. You’re strongly encouraged to get legal help to put together a strong case including all your medical records and work history.
At Nash Disability Law, we can help by gathering all your medical evidence, helping with your application or appeal, piecing together your work history, and if necessary, presenting your case before a judge.
If you have psoriasis and can no longer work, let our attorneys get you the help you need. Call our offices today for a free consultation of your disability claim.