Scleroderma and Social Security Disability Benefits: Who Qualifies?
Scleroderma is an autoimmune condition that is characterised by symptoms of pain and swelling in the joints, thickening of the skin, and other symptoms. In more serious cases, symptoms can include scarring of the esophagas and/or lungs which can cause respiratory difficulties and digestive problems. When symptoms become serious enough for these to interfere with your ability to have a typical worklife, then you may qualify for a claim for disability benefits.
The Social Security Administration does include scleroderma in its listing of disabling conditions. Under the listing, scleroderma is considered disabling if you meet the criteria of the listing. However, a diagnosis of scleroderma alone may not be sufficient to recover disability benefits. You must either meet the conditions of the listing or provide sufficient medical evidence that your symptoms are severe enough to make it impossible for you to earn a full time living. Medical evidence, including testimony by your doctor attesting to your inability to perform various activities as a result of your condition, is key to the success of your claim.