Individuals with lupus may experience flareups that severely inhibit their ability to perform work and daily activities. You are not alone if you find yourself in this position.

Social Security acknowledges the potentially disabling effects of lupus by including it among the qualifying list of impairments under the immune system disorder category. Additional requirements apply but, because it is on this list, lupus has a more established path for applicants. Clear guidelines exist for necessary paperwork and symptoms, which can make it easier to determine whether your application will be successful from the start.

What are the general requirements for applying for Social Security Disability?

Individuals experiencing work interruptions due to significant medical issues can apply for disability online, by phone or in person if they meet the following criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must not currently be receiving Social Security
  • You must be unable to work due to a medical condition that is terminal or expected to last at least 12 months
  • You must not have been denied disability benefits in the last 60 days

What are the requirements for applicants with lupus?

First, you must have the necessary documentation to prove your autoimmune disorder. Your medical records must show that your lupus is persistent, recurrent, resistant to treatment and severe, according to the standards set by both Social Security and the medical community.

Second, your medical evidence must demonstrate that you meet the most current classification criteria for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus as defined by the American College of Rheumatology.

What if Social Security denies my application?

Do not panic if Social Security does not approve your initial application. It may be a matter of missing documentation or a lack of proof. If this happens to you, you might consider consulting with an experienced attorney to pursue a legal appeal.