5 Signs You Will Qualify for Disability With Sjogren's Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is an immune system disorder that often causes such symptoms as dry eyes and dry mouth. This condition can also cause fatigue in patients. Additionally, it’s not uncommon for Sjogren’s syndrome to accompany other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

It’s thus possible that you may one day find yourself unable to work and earn an income if you have Sjogren’s syndrome. Should this occur, you can apply for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits through the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). If you receive an approval, SSD benefits could help you pay for various basic needs.

Several factors may influence your odds of receiving an approval from the SSA. They include:

1. You Are Older

One factor that may play a significant role in the SSA's decision to approve or deny your application for Social Security disability benefits is your age. Although it's certainly possible for a younger person to receive an approval, older applicants may be more likely to receive approvals due to the fact that old age can naturally impose certain limitations and restrictions on one's ability to address their own needs.

For example, an older individual may struggle to learn new job skills. The SSA might account for this when reviewing an application.

2. Your Condition Prevents You from Working

The SSA’s goal is to provide Social Security disability benefits to those who legitimately need them. As such, you may need to undergo a residual functioning capacity (RFC) assessment when applying for SSD.

An RFC is an assessment a doctor completes evaluating your ability to perform work-related tasks. The purpose of an RFC is to demonstrate to the SSA that your condition prevents you from working.

3. You Have Work History

If you apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the SSA will primarily account for your financial need when determining whether you qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the SSA will account for your work history. You may qualify for SSDI if you’ve worked in the past and have earned sufficient work credits.

4. You Have Received Treatment

It is very important to comply with a doctor's recommended treatment plans when you have Sjogren’s syndrome and are applying for SSD benefits accordingly. Of course, adhering to treatment plans is critical for your health. In addition, complying with treatment plans indicates to the SSA that you are not trying to extend or exacerbate your condition out of a desire to receive benefits instead of returning to work.

5. You Are Working With An Attorney

You do not have to navigate the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits on your own. A disability attorney could assist you in gathering evidence and advocating on your behalf as the SSA reviews your application. While a disability attorney handles your case, you can focus on your own health needs.

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