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Does lupus keep you from working? You have options

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Lupus is an autoimmune condition that affects many North Carolina residents, but no two cases are the same. It is impossible to predict how your case of lupus could impact your daily life, but at some point, you may find that it affects your ability to do your job and fulfill your job duties.

At some point, you may not be able to get out of bed or even make it to the office. When you are no longer able to hold gainful employment because of lupus, you may have a valid claim for disability benefits. Autoimmune diseases are qualifying medical conditions, and if you believe that you have a claim to support, you would be wise to take quick action to learn more about your rights and options.

Lupus and your career may not mix

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can have many effects. Some of the most common symptoms of this type of illness include inflammation, fatigue and more. For some, their individual case could lead to debilitating pain and other complications that may affect physical abilities and ability to work.

Some people who suffer from this disease can continue to work with certain accommodations and adjustments. However, that may not be sufficient for you. You may consider seeking disability benefits if the following apply to your situation:

  • Despite reasonable accommodations, your disease does not allow you to perform the full scope of your job duties.
  • Telecommuting or getting another job is not an option for you.
  • You believe that you may meet the definition of a disabled individual.

It is difficult to make the decision to stop working. It may be useful for your situation to seek a full understanding of your options and how the disability claims process works.

Your rightful claim to financial support

The Social Security Administration uses certain tools to evaluate if a person qualifies for disability benefits. Your work history, medical condition and other factors may play a role in the outcome of your case. It can be helpful to seek help as you complete the necessary paperwork and navigate the claims process. This can ensure that your application has the necessary documentation, which may give you a higher chance of a successful initial claim.

It is relatively normal for an initial disability benefits claim to come back denied. Whether you are completing your initial application or dealing with a denied claim, you do not have to walk through it alone.

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