Can I get disability benefits for Scleroderma? Scleroderma (also known as CREST syndrome) is the name given to a group of rare, progressive autoimmune diseases that involve the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissue. The disease causes the body’s immune system to mistake healthy tissue as a danger; the immune system then attacks and destroys the health tissue
Localized scleroderma affects only the skin. Systemic scleroderma also harms internal organs, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys and digestive tract.
CREST syndrome can cause disabling symptoms, such as painful swelling of the joints, numbness and pain in the hands and feet, and even pulmonary and digestive difficulties because of scarring or inflammation of the tissues in the lungs and esophagus. Other symptoms include the extremities turning blue or white in response to temperature, hair loss, hardness of the skin, ulcers on the fingers or toes, swelling of the joints, shortness of breath, constipation or diarrhea.
The Code of Federal Regulations lists several conditions and the required symptomology that must be present in order for someone to meet disability standards. The medical requirements for Scleroderma are found at Listing 14.04. 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.
Being diagnosed with Scleroderma is stressful enough, you don’t have to deal with the Social Security Administration alone. If you or a loved one lives in the Metro Huntsville area, you are suffering from the effects of Scleroderma and you believe you are disabled as the result and are entitled to Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you do not have to tackle the Social Security Administration alone. Please feel from to contact one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a free consultation.
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Can I get disability benefits for Scleroderma