There are many people in the Birmingham area who have an autoimmune disorder. In general, an autoimmune disorder occurs when a person’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disorders including celiac, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, and Graves disease. Many of these autoimmune disorders can be debilitating and if a person is suffering effects of an autoimmune disorder, they may qualify for Social Security Disability.
The Social Security Administration lists a number of medical conditions under Section 14.00 Immune System Disorders in its Blue Book. They organize immune system conditions into three categories:
- Autoimmune disorder This is caused by the body’s dysfunctional response against its own healthy tissues resulting in chronic, multisystem impairments.
- Immune deficiency disease (not including HIV): This category applies to a person who has recurrent infections that do not respond well to treatment and are connected to complications in other organs. An immune deficiency disorder may have existed since birth or may have been a condition acquired as the result of other circumstances that have suppressed the immune system. Examples include chemotherapy or chicken pox.
- Human immune deficiency virus is a condition that increases susceptibility to infections and cancers.
A legal professional who is skilled in Social Security Disability can help their client understand if they qualify for SSD. They can also help their client with their application, gather all of the important paperwork necessary and help submit their initial application. If their client was denied SSD benefits, they can also help with an appeal.