Social Security Disability Benefits for Lupus


Sick At WorkLupus, is an autoimmune disease, which means the body’s immune system attacks itself. Lupus can cause damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs and individuals who suffer from the disease can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration lists lupus is one of the diseases in its listing of impairments and to qualify for disability benefits, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Lupus must affect at least two body systems or organs, such as the kidneys and the lungs, or the heart and the brain, and

The disease must cause at least two of the following symptoms.

  • frequent exhaustion resulting in decreased physical or mental activity
  • fever
  • malaise, and/or
  • involuntary weight loss.


  • Repeated symptoms of lupus, with at least two of the symptoms above resulting in one of the following limitations:
    • Limitations of activities of daily living
    • Limitation in maintaining social functioning
    • Limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner as a result of a lack of focus or ability to work quickly.
  • The limitation must seriously interfere with your ability to function independently, appropriately, and effectively.

The American College of Rheumatology’s Criteria for the Classification of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus sets out eleven criteria to determine if an individual has lupus, and the SSA requires an individual to meet at least four criteria to be diagnosed with lupus. The criteria include:

  • malar rash
  • discoid rash
  • photosensitivity
  • oral ulcers
  • arthiritis
  • sersitis
  • renal disorder
  • neurologic disorder
  • hematologic disorder
  • immunologic disorder, and/or
  • antinuclear antibody

Individuals can also qualify for Social Security Disability for lupus if they can prove that they are unable to work due to the health problems caused by lupus, if they can prove the following physical limitations: fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches, and abnormal heart rhythms.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email Disability Professionals  to set up your appointment today.




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