Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a serious skin condition frequently misdiagnosed. HS usually begins as pimple-like bumps on the skin, leading many patients and even physicians to believe it is either acne, ingrown hair, or boils. As the condition of the affected skin deteriorates, the pimple-like bumps erupt in the underarms and groin areas, becoming odorous, itchy and inflamed pustules. These infections are normally localized where pimples don’t appear, and may painfully grow into the skin. As they progress, they often rupture, and leaking bloodstained pus.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa can also occur alongside other impairments and ailments. Some people may have a specific type of inflammatory bowel disease. When Hidradenitis Suppurativa fully develops in the armpits, thighs, or groin area, it can become extremely painful and lead to severe complications. Hidradenitis Suppurativa can also lead to cellulitis, which is a serious skin infection that can spread to the bloodstream and cause sepsis.
What are the Treatment Options for Hidradenitis Suppurativa?
Although Hidradenitis Suppurativa does not have a permanent cure, there are certain treatment options that may provide relief for sufferers. The doctors may prescribe common medications including antibiotics, corticosteroids and immune suppressants. However, in some cases surgery may be advised to drain lesions. In certain rare cases, the affected area may require skin grafting procedures and/or complete removal of skin.
Can Hidradenitis Suppurativa Qualify You for Disability Benefits?
Not all people suffering from Hidradenitis Suppurativa have acute symptoms that prevent them from performing their jobs. Many symptoms can be lessened by washing the affected with an antibacterial medication. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight and using warm compress scan also be helpful. Unfortunately, for some people none of these remedies work.
Fortunately, if you are suffering from severe symptoms, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits. You may either meet the requirements under the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) medical listing for this particular disease or a related disability that may occur co morbid with Hidradenitis Suppurativa. If you have symptoms related to this disease under a different kind of listed impairment, or if these symptoms are so restricting that you are not able to work, you may qualify for disability benefits. Social security disability attorneys can help in this determination.
SSD Benefit Criteria Set By The Social Security Administration (SSA)
Although the condition does not have a permanent cure, many people experience long periods of respite. For others, life may be characterized by constant pain and deteriorating symptoms. If your Hidradenitis Suppurativa prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes Hidradenitis Suppurativa as a disease that can be potentially disabling. In determining your eligibility for receiving the benefits of SSD, the SSA(Social Security Administration) will evaluate the extent of your skin lesions, how often you have flare-ups, how your symptoms limit you from leading a normal life, what treatment you are receiving, and to what extent your treatment affects you.
As with other disabling conditions, the Social Security Administration has established a strict criterion under which an individual must qualify. Listing 8.06 clearly articulates that extensive skin lesions must be present in either the groin or underarm areas, and remain for more than 3 months throughout the prescribed treatment. If the lesions are present anywhere else other than the above-named areas and remain for three months, they may meet the criteria under Listing 8.02. In any of these cases, the medical records should be documented properly and comply with all set norms regarding success and failure of medical treatments for such lesions.
We Work Hard to Ensure Your SSD Benefits for Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Even if the criteria may not be specifically met, the individual may still qualify if medical evidence clearly states an inability to work due to the individual’s functioning capacity. The assessment criteria to determine the functioning ability in the workplace is based on the symptoms of the disease. Sometimes, severe lesions can cause significant pain, and the Residual Functioning Capacity (RFC) may limit an individual’s ability to perform any type of work based on their ability to focus or concentrate. Also, lesions in the hands or feet may affect a person’s work involving the regular use of hands and fingers, or requiring extended periods of standing.
At Chermol & Fishman LLC, our attorneys understand the difficulty in winning your case; regardless of the eligibility requirements met. The skilled lawyers in our firm have fought hard and won Social Security Disability Benefits for many clients with HS. Our professionals understand the requirements of SSA and complete the paperwork and other required procedures in a manner that maximizes each client’s claim. If you have been hospitalized for Hidradenitis Suppurativa, or related infections like cellulites, multiple times in the past year, you may be unable to work a full-time job. This condition only strengthens your argument for benefits.
Our lawyers will help every person unable to work as a result of Hidradentis Suppurativa. Get the Social Security Disability Benefit you need and deserve, and support yourself and others in this time of struggle.