Lupus & Social Security Disability Benefits

Lupus can be a difficult disease to diagnose due to the fact that it shares many characteristics with other illnesses. The Social Security Administration looks for specific symptoms in regards to joint, muscle, ocular, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, renal, hematological, skin, and neurological involvement. While a lupus patient may have symptoms arising from some of these bodily systems, if there is not recorded evidence showing the severity of the symptoms, there is no way to satisfy the Social Security Administration's requirements. Additionally, while lupus patients often assess their conditions in good versus bad day ratios, some detailed journaling can help put this in more concrete terms which coincide with the Social Security Administration's requirements.

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.