Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it performs numerous important functions, such as protecting you from disease, and presenting an appearance that allows you to interact normally during the course of a business day. There are many types of recognized skin disorders, but in other cases, skin disorders are judged according to their severity in comparison to some of the listed disorders.
Listed Skin Disorders
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes several types of skin disorders that may qualify a person for disability benefits, including:
- Ichthyoisis—genetic skin conditions that lead to dry, scaly skin
- Bullous disease—skin condition characterized by large blisters
- Chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes
- Dermatitis—itchy skin disorders, including eczema
- Hidradenitis suppurativa—in which lumps form under the skin, often in the armpits, groin, and buttocks. These are painful and may break open to release foul-smelling pus
- Genetic photosensitivity disorders—when even normal light levels cause you pain
- Burns—extensive burns for which recovery is expected to take 12 months or more
However, the SSA also recognizes that there are many other types of skin conditions that are as severe as these ones, and will grant disability if you can show that your skin condition is as severe as one of the listed conditions.
Assessing the Severity of Skin Disorders
The extent of your skin disorder is more important than the individual diagnosis. The SSA uses several criteria to evaluate your disability:
How extensive are your skin lesions? Skin lesions that impair your ability to use your joints, prevent you from walking or sitting, or prevent you from working with your hands may all be justification for disability.
How frequent are your flare-ups? Even if you aren’t constantly afflicted by skin lesions, if you have frequent flare-ups that periodically prevent you from maintaining gainful employment for a period of 12 months.
How do pain and other symptoms affect your ability to function? If you have extensive symptoms that keep you from maintaining gainful employment, you may be considered disabled.
How have you responded to treatment? If you have tried multiple treatments but have been unable to get good results, your results are only short-term, or come with significant side effects you may qualify for disability benefits.
If you think your skin disorder may qualify you for disability benefits, please contact us today for a free eligibility evaluation.
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