People who are living with a disability may be unable to perform job tasks. An inability to work can cause bills to pile up quickly, and disabled individuals often feel overwhelmed when they are not earning an income. Social security disability (SSD) benefits are available to people who have worked and paid into the insurance program. Automatic paycheck deductions are used to fund the program, and qualified individuals are able to receive benefits if they are suffering from a disability that is expected to last at least one year. Unlike other types of benefits, SSD benefits are paid into by the people who will later apply for these benefits.

What Is Adiposis Dolorosa (AKA Dercum’s Disease)?

Adiposis dolorosa, a disorder that is also known as Dercum’s disease, is a condition that causes folds of fatty tissue to form on the body. Another way that the condition may present itself is through the formation of benign tumors. Women are more susceptible to this condition, and the disease is most prevalent in individuals who are overweight or obese. While this condition can present itself at any time, adults between the ages of 35 and 50 are more likely to develop the disease than any other age group.

Fatty tissue generally forms on the torso, buttocks or arms. The hard bumps that form when fatty tissue is deposited can cause severe pain or burning. Pain may subside and come back, but some sufferers experience ongoing pain.

While fatty tissue and tumors define this condition, there are additional symptoms that are experienced. General weakness and fatigue are common, and people who suffer from adiposis dolorosa may be unable to stand or walk for any significant period of time.

Depression, difficulty concentrating and irritability are also common symptoms associated with this condition. Recurrent seizures and a progressive decline in mental function may occur. Dementia can occur at an accelerated rate in people who have adiposis dolorosa.

Can You Get Disability For Adiposis Dolorosa?

People who suffer from adiposis dolorosa may wonder if they can qualify for SSD benefits. If an individual experiences symptoms and complications that make it impossible for them to complete job tasks in any position for which they are qualified, the person may be able to qualify for benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will evaluate proof of disability to determine whether symptoms and complications are severe enough to make it impossible for the applicant to work. This is why it is important for sufferers to seek medical attention. A licensed medical provider can put together the required records that outline the results of diagnostic tests. Information about the frequency and severity of symptoms should also be recorded by a medical professional.

The SSA evaluates each individual application by determining whether applicants are able to work in their current position. If the applicant cannot perform job tasks with accommodation, the SSA will look into the work history of the individual to determine whether the applicant could work in any position for which they are qualified. People who have experience in a position that requires limited physical movement may be expected to find a different job instead of receiving benefits.

Getting Help From an Attorney

Applying for disability benefits is not a straight-forward process. The paperwork that is required in order for an application to be considered contains multiple parts. Applicants often feel overwhelmed and alone when they are trying to get the benefits that they need to pay for housing and other basic necessities. A skilled SSD attorney can provide the guidance needed to get disabled individuals through the application process. Attorneys understand the requirements that the SSA maintains and ensure that these requirements are met to increase the chances that their clients will be approved.

To discuss SSD and SSI claims or appeals, please call us at (215) 464-7200 or email the attorneys of Chermol & Fishman, LLC. The initial consultation is free, and we never charge a fee until we win your case.