A painful medical condition such as calciphylaxis can significantly interfere with someone’s ability to work. If you have this condition and are unable to work as a result, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Said benefits can help you cover the costs of your basic needs.
Perhaps you’ve heard that the process of applying for and receiving disability benefits can be somewhat lengthy. This is often the case. However, as an individual with calciphylaxis, you may qualify for a Compassionate Allowance.
If the SSA grants you a Compassionate Allowance, you might receive your disability benefits sooner than you normally would. Keep reading for more information.
What is Calciphylaxis?
Calciphylaxis is a relatively uncommon condition. Typically, a person with this condition will have kidney failure and may already be receiving treatment accordingly.
For example, they may be on dialysis, or they might have had a kidney transplant. However, in some rare circumstances, individuals without kidney disease develop this condition.
Calciphylaxis involves dangerous levels of calcium accumulating in blood vessels of certain tissues throughout the body. Symptoms of this condition include:
- Purple patterns that may resemble nets on the skin
- Wound infections that don’t heal normally
- Painful lumps on the skin that may result in open sores that don’t heal
- Cramps and similar pains
- Muscle weakness
- Vision issues
What Is A Compassionate Allowance?
Sometimes, a person has a medical condition severe enough that it obviously meets the SSA’s criteria for disability benefits. In these circumstances, the SSA may wish to fast-track approval of an applicant’s claim.
Because such conditions may also be life-threatening, upon approving a claim, the SSA also distributes funds more quickly than usual when an applicant qualifies for a Compassionate Allowance.
The SSA’s Blue Book is a resource covering the various medical conditions that may qualify applicants for disability benefits.
Per the Blue Book’s listing on genitourinary disorders, a Compassionate Allowance may be available to someone with calciphylaxis.
Medical Evidence For Calciphylaxis
You must provide thorough medical evidence for disability when submitting a claim for benefits with the SSA. If you have calciphylaxis, types of evidence you may need to provide include:
- Results from diagnostic tests, such as skin biopsies, kidney and liver function tests, and/or calcium concentration tests
- Visual signs of wounds a medical professional would associate with calciphylaxis
- Documentation of your symptoms
It’s typically wise to provide more evidence than you might think you need when filing a claim. The more evidence you provide, the greater your odds of receiving an approval from the SSA.
Get Help With Your Disability Claim
Gathering the evidence necessary to show you’re eligible for a Compassionate Allowance can be a time-consuming and ultimately draining process if you have a medical condition that deprives you of energy. Luckily, this isn’t a task you need to handle on your own.
Instead, review your case with a disability lawyer who has experience handling cases involving calciphylaxis and disability benefits.
They could handle the claim on your behalf while you focus on your health. Get started today by taking the free case evaluation to speak with an attorney taking cases in your area.