Can I get disability benefits for Ichthyosis? Ichthyosis vulgaris, sometimes called fish scale disease or fish skin disease, is an inherited skin disorder in which dead skin cells accumulate in thick, dry scales on your skin’s surface. The condition slows your skin’s natural shedding process. This causes chronic, excessive buildup of the protein in the upper layer of the skin. The signs can be present at birth, but usually first appear during early childhood. Often, mild cases go undiagnosed because they’re mistaken for extremely dry skin. The scales usually appear on your elbows and lower legs and may be especially thick and dark over your shins. The severity of symptoms may vary widely among family members who have the condition
Most cases are mild, but some can be quite severe. No cure has been found for ichthyosis vulgaris, and treatments focus on controlling the condition.
Symptoms include: Dry, scaly skin; small scales colored white, dirty gray or brown, deep and painful cracks in the affected area.
The Social Security Administration lists ichthyosis as a condition which can be disabling when the symptoms interferes with the person’s ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 8.02 in the Code of Federal Regulations lays out in specifics the impairments which a sufferer has to have in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits, but if you do not “meet or equal” this listing, you may still be entitled to disability benefits if your condition, in conjunction with any other physical or mental impairment, prevents you from returning to work you have done in the past and other substantial work you might be qualified to perform given your age, education and acquired work skills.
If you or a loved one lives in Alabama, you are suffering from the effects of ichthyosis and you believe you are disabled as the result and are entitled to Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you do not have to take on the Social Security Administration alone. Please feel free to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a free consultation. Virtual appointments are available via Zoom for your protection from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Can I get disability benefits for Ichthyosis