Social Security Benefits for Skin Disorders

May 24, 2016

Skin disorders can be devastating. Lesions can be disfiguring and painful, and that pain extends to the social stigmas that come with permanent disfigurement. The Social Security Administration provides disability benefits for several types of skin disorders.

In order to qualify for benefits, the SSA requires information about the onset, duration, prognosis, and frequency of problems. Disability benefits require proof that your injury or illness will require a minimum period of time to treat. These time periods vary by type of injury. For skin disorders, the SSA says that symptoms must persist for at least 3 months despite continuing treatment.

What skin disorders qualify for benefits?

The SSA lists eight major categories of skin disorders. Even if your specific skin disorder is not listed, you may still be entitled to SSD benefits. The experienced Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates have helped thousands of people get the benefits they need to protect themselves and their families. The main categories of skin disorders defined by the SSA include:

  • Ichthyosis. Dry, scaling skin that may be thickened or very thin with deep, painful cracks in the skin.
  • Bullous diseases. Bullae are large, fluid-filled blisters. This family of diseases usually affects the mucous membranes. Flare-ups can cause scarring.
  • Chronic infections. Fungus or bacteria can cause skin infections that are difficult and dangerous to treat because of the nature of the drugs required.
  • Dermatitis. This category ranges from allergic reactions to chronic conditions like psoriasis.
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa. A chronic condition in which small painful lumps develop where skin rubs together. The lumps can rupture and drain pus.
  • Genetic photosensitivity disorders. These can worsen with time, requiring highly protective environments that prevent the ability to work.
  • Burns. Severe burns can require years to treat properly, and full recovery may be impossible in some cases.

The SSA’s list of acceptable conditions is comprehensive, but that does not mean that you are ineligible if your condition is not on their list. Larry Pitt & Associates has successfully represented clients whose medical conditions were unlisted but still serious enough to prevent them from working. Whether you need help with your initial application or your previous attempt for claim Social Security Disability benefits was denied, contact us today for a free consultation. Our Philadelphia Social Security Disability attorneys proudly represent clients in and around Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.