Our La Crosse readers may not know that August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month. It is a good time to learn more about the condition and about potentially obtaining Social Security disability insurance benefits for those who suffer from the disease.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune system disease with a number of different symptoms, the most obvious of which is the red patches on the skin that are covered with white dead skin cells. Like diabetes, it is not the disease itself that could qualify one to obtain SSDI benefits, but the job functions that can no longer be performed due to the side effects or symptoms of the disease.
To qualify for benefits, a person must be unable to perform work tasks such as walking, standing, sitting, lifting, pushing, reaching, pulling, carrying or handling. The following psoriasis side effects or symptoms could qualify someone for SSDI benefits.
- Psoriasis can cause the skin to split open and bleed. When psoriasis is on the soles of one's feet, this could limit mobility.
- If the skin is open and bleeding on a psoriasis sufferer's hands, he or she could be prevented from hand tasks such as typing or handling objects.
- Psoriasis causes arthritis which could make it difficult to sleep, stand or walk for long periods of time.
In order for psoriasis to be determined disabling, the condition must last for at least three months, despite ongoing treatment.
Additional known side effects of psoriasis are an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis and there is no known cure.
Source: chron.com, "August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month," Aug. 2, 2012
At our La Crosse law firm we represent individuals who wish to obtain Social Security Disability benefits for psoriasis or other autoimmune diseases.