AIDS / HIV & Social Security Benefits

In order for you to be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits due to an AIDS/HIV diagnosis, there are certain criteria that must be shown. One common marker that the Administration uses to determine the severity of an HIV/AIDS diagnosis is the T-helper lymphocyte (CD4) counts. When the CD4 counts registers below 200/mm3, the chances of being exposed to common infections increases. While the Administration does not consider CD4 levels alone in making a determination in a HIV/AIDS claim, a low CD4 level, coupled with chronic infection and/or severe weight loss, are the types of clinical findings the Administration will consider.

All Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income determinations are based on medical documentation. It is important that your condition and treatment is thoroughly documented in the form of medical records, laboratory testing, clinical evaluations, and narrative reports from your treating physicians. If you do not treat with a doctor, or your doctor is not supportive, your lawyer will not be able to prove your case, regardless of how sick you truly are. Our goal is that you, your doctors and our attorneys can form the winning team to ensure that your pursuit for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits is successful.

At West Coast Disability Legal Center, our experienced attorneys guide people through each step of the Social Security Disability claims process. We can file your initial claim, appeal your claim to the reconsideration level if you are denied, request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, or appeal your case to the Appeals Council. To talk with us about your case, please call us at (800) 459-3017 to schedule a free consultation. You can also contact us online and one of our attorneys will get in touch with you. There is never a fee for our services unless we win your case.