A diagnosis of Cushing’s syndrome will not, by itself, result in eligibility for Social Security disability. You may even experience troubling symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome such as reproductive issues, acne, stretch marks, and skin that bruises easily and you may still not qualify for Social Security disability because, while these symptoms may significantly impact your life, they do not prevent you from working.
However, There Are People With Cushing’s Who Can’t Work and Do Qualify for Social Security Disability
While Cushing’s syndrome itself will not always result in a finding of disability, the symptoms of Cushing’s may be significant enough to result in Social Security disability eligibility.
Some of the symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome that could be relevant in an application for Social Security disability include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Muscle weakness or muscle loss
- Mental Impairments
- Cognitive Problems
- Bone loss
- High blood pressure
- Frequent infections
In order to qualify for Social Security disability, a person with Cushing’s must prove that he:
- Meets the requirements of a condition in the Listing of Impairments. While there is no specific listing for Cushing’s syndrome, you may be able to meet the requirements of a specific listing because of a symptom of Cushing’s.
- Has symptoms that are equal in severity to those of another listing. An applicant must prove that he is unable to work and that he will likely be unable to work for at least a year or that his condition will result in death. For example, while headaches alone may not meet a specific condition in the Listing of Impairments, the headaches combined with cognitive problems and frequent infections may make work impossible.
If you suffer from significant symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome, it is important to stand up for your rights and to file a complete application with the Social Security Administration. Our experienced lawyers would be pleased to help you get the benefits you deserve. Simply start a live chat with us today to learn more.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.