Does your HS qualify for Disability? Did you know that HS is considered a disability?
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a disability is defined as a condition that prevents an individual from working for at least 12 months. To give more detail, the condition must prevent you from engaging in Substantial Gainful Activity. Substantial Gainful Activity is defined as:
- Work that involves significant and productive duties
- Work which pays more than the current monthly income limit set by the SSA.
How does the SSA decide who is disabled?
In conjunction with Substantial Gainful Activity, the SSA has two additional factors to decide if an individual qualifies for disability:
- The Social Security Blue Book
- Within Section 8.06 of the Blue Book it lists HS as an approved disabling disease in detail
- In addition to proving you are not able to work and supporting medical records, you must not be able to continue working or work at a new position
How do you prove your disability due to HS?
Medical DocumentationAny and as much documentation that is related to your HS, the better. Statements from your current & past physicians, any lab test results or reports, and any list of treatments or reported history should be included.
Supporting DocumentationAdditional information such as your work history details the daily functions your HS prevents you from doing. Background reports can help uncover any supportive information that may have been missed.
Other Conditions Associated with HSWhile your HS may not severe enough per SSA guidelines, it can lead to other symptoms that can qualify you for disability. Here are some additional symptoms:
- Open wounds that result from burst skin lesions
- Bacterial Infections
- Cellulitis, which is inflammation in the deeper tissues around cysts and abscesses
- Depression, due to the chronic pain and other issues that come with the condition
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes HS as a disabling disease. Understanding what’s needed to prove your disability and how to treat it will help towards a healthier and happier life. For more information and assistance feel free to visit disability-benefits-help.org or contact a CureHS representative at 1-800-976-3826