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How to get help for your immune system disorder

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When you have an immune system disorder, the condition can make going to work in Rhode Island difficult, if not impossible. Lawmakers have attempted to alleviate the stress caused by this problem by allowing certain conditions to qualify for Social Security disability. If you think your immune system disorder may be eligible for coverage, we at Karns & Kerrison can work to help you be approved and gain the help that you need.

The Social Security Administration says that they consider three categories of immune system disorders. One group is HIV infections. If you have HIV, you may be more susceptible to other infections and even cancers, making it difficult for you to work in normal environments. Other types of immune deficiency disorders will also be considered, including those that are associated with complications of other parts of the body or cause recurrent infections, especially those that do not respond to treatment.

If you suffer from an autoimmune disorder, you may also be approved for Social Security disability. Qualifying afflictions include collagen vascular disorders, connective tissue disorders and rheumatic diseases. Inflammatory arthritis diseases can include psoriatic arthritis, Whipple’s disease, Reiter’s syndrome, crystal deposition disorders and Lyme disease.

In order to be approved, you will need to show proof of your medical records, hospital visits and medications. You will need to prove that your ability to function socially and complete daily activities is compromised, including using public transportation or maintaining a household. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.

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