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Requirements for an Immune System Disorder Disability

by | Mar 22, 2022 | Social Security Disability |

The Social Security Administration has a specific Listing section 14.00 for Immune System Disorder for Adults. A few of the most seen sections of Immune System Disorders I encounter in representing Claimant are outlined below.

14.02 for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus requires you to meet one of two requirements. The first requires involvement of two or more organs/body systems with one of those involved to at least a moderate level of severity and at least two of the symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss). The second requires repeated manifestations of SLE, with at least two of the symptoms or signs noted above and one marked level of limitations of activities of daily living, or maintaining social functioning, or completing tasks in a timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence or pace.

14.06 undifferentiated and mixed connective tissue disease requires the same as noted for 14.02.

14.09 for inflammatory arthritis has four sections but you only need one to meet the listing. The first is a persistent inflammation or persistent deformity of one or more major peripheral joints in a lower extremity or an inability to use one upper extremity to independently initiate, sustain, and complete work-related activities involving fine and gross movements. But, you also must have a medical documentation of a documented medical need for either a walker, bilateral canes, or bilateral crutches or a wheeled and seated mobility device involving the use of both hands; or you have one or more major peripheral joints in each upper extremity and documentation of an inability to use both upper extremities to the extent that neither can be used to independently initiate, sustain, and complete work related activities. The second part is to have inflammation or deformity in one or more major joints of an upper or a lower extremity with involvement of two or more organs/body systems with one of those involved to at least a moderate level of severity; and at least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs previously noted. The third area is for ankylosing spondylitis or other spondyloarthropathies, with ankylosis (fixation) of the dorso-lumbar or cervical spine as shown by appropriate medically acceptable imaging and measured on physical examination at 45° or more of flexion from the vertical position (zero degrees); or ankylosis (fixation) of the dorsolumbar or cervical spine as shown by appropriate imaging and measured on physical examination at 30° or more of flexion (but less than 45°) measured from the vertical position (zero degrees), and involvement of two or more organs/body systems with one of the organs/body systems involved to at least a moderate level of severity. The fourth area is for repeated manifestations of inflammatory arthritis, with at least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs noted previously and one limitation at the marked level in either activities of daily living, maintaining social functioning, or in completing tasks in a timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence, or pace.

The HIV listing is 14.11 which has 8 sections labeled from A to H, and your condition must result in one of the following: multicentric Castleman disease affecting multiple groups of lymph nodes or organs containing lymphoid tissue, primary central nervous system lymphoma, primary effusion lymphoma, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, pulmonary Kaposi sarcoma, absolute CD4 count of 50 cells/mm3 or less, absolute CD4 count of less than 200 cells/mm3 or CD percentage of less than 14 percent and either a BMI of less than 18.5 or hemoglobin of less than 8.0 grams per deciliter, or repeated manifestations of HIV infection with at least one marked limitation in daily activities, social functioning, or completing tasks in a timely manner.

Understanding and evaluating your claim will require medical record documentation and lab results in order to be properly presented before the Social Security Administration. If you are disabled due to an Immune System Disorder call one of the experienced disability representatives at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. today at 251-343-1111 for a free consultation. Gardberg & Kemmerly specialize in helping the injured and disabled.

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