November 19, 2017

Case Strategies

Lupus, a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own cells, is considered an adequate basis for Social Security Disability. This is because Lupus is a progressive disease with a full range of different symptoms that can impair work activity. Mild cases cause patients to experience sensitivity to sunlight, swollen joints, rashes, and fatigue. Inflammation is another major symptom of lupus.  In more severe cases, patients can develop anemia, blood clotting, Raynaud’s syndrome, and problems with kidney function.

Thus, these Lupus symptoms can limit a person’s ability to do many activities – especially work. If you can prove that your Lupus interferes with your ability to hold down a full-time job, then you might have a fair shot at winning a Social Security Disability claim based on Lupus. Remember, however, that one cannot get Social Security benefits just because they have lupus; they must actually prove that the disease is causing a major inconvenience or making it impossible for them to work.

Choose a Winning Strategy

There two main strategies that attorneys use in Lupus claims to prove that you are disabled according to Social Security’s standards.  These include 1) The Listing Strategy for Lupus and 2) The Functional Capacity Strategy for Lupus.  You can read about each of these strategies on this web site.

You can also win a Lupus Disability case by making a Grid Rules argument, but this third (and less common) method applies mainly to those who are over 50 years old. Please follow the link to read about how to win your Lupus disability case using the Grid Rules Argument.

It is important to keep in mind that the strategies can often be combined, meaning that you can present to Social Security more than one argument as to why you are disabled.  To understand how this works, however, you have to understand how each individual strategy works.  Please visit the individual case strategy pages for details on the 2 effective case strategies for winning a disability claim based on Lupus.