August is Psoriasis Month

Submitted by SJS on Wed, 08/26/2020 - 16:47

Every August, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) brings together all those affected by the condition, psoriasis, to support them.

The main aim of the NPF is to ultimately find a cure. Psoriasis affects over 8 million people in the United States.

People who have psoriasis develop a higher risk of developing other serious health conditions like cardiovascular disease, depression and type-2 diabetes.

One of the main symptoms is a skin rash which could also occur in the joints and nails. This can lead to pain in those areas.

The skin doesn’t appear normal but becomes dry, flaky, peeling, small bumps appear and the skin takes on a thick, red color.

Other common symptoms include the following:

  • depression,
  • inflamed tendons,
  • itching,
  • joint stiffness,
  • plaque,
  • small dents in nails.
August is Psoriasis Month

How to Qualify for Disability Benefits With Psoriasis

The Blue Book is the medical source the SSA uses to determine if a health condition qualifies for disability benefits.

Psoriasis is listed under Section 8.00, which covers skin disorders and can also be found under Subsection 8.05, which covers dermatitis.

You need to meet the criteria in the Blue Book to be eligible for a benefit.

If you apply for SSD benefits for psoriasis there are criteria that determine if you qualify. These are:

  • you are not capable of working in the same job or industry;
  • you are unable to get a job in another industry, using your education, medical condition and work experience;
  • you are unable to secure employment in any type of job which would bring in an income of a minimum of $1,010 each month.

What is an RFC?

A residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment may assist you with your Social Security Disability claim when you first apply for disability benefits or if you are appealing a claim denial.

It is in your best interest to get your physician to complete the form when you are going through the claim’s process.

You may be asked to take part in a series of tests to assess your physical and mental capacity.

The results will be added to the form and the RFC can be helpful because it confirms your disability.

How Disability Benefits Can Help

Disability benefits can help pay for expenses such as bills for medical treatment, adapting your home to accommodate your disability, adapting your vehicle so you can safely drive and other additional expenses like care in the home.

Disability benefits are available to meet the financial needs of anyone whose disability stops them from working to provide an income.

They can be used to meet every day needs and a portion can be saved for later. It prevents financial hardship which otherwise you would suffer if you were unable to work.

Have Your Case Evaluated by an Expert

Trying to win a disability benefit claim is never that easy as there is always something the SSA asks that is difficult to answer.

Before filing a disability benefit claim you should seek help from a disability attorney who will work on your behalf and guide you through the process.

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