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Nobody knows what causes sarcoidosis or why it affects people so differently. Sarcoidosis is a disease involving the growth of inflammatory cells that can form as nodules in multiple organs and affect organ function. Some people will go into remission quickly after experiencing few symptoms. Other people will suffer significantly from inflammation in the lungs, heart, skin, eyes, or other part of the body.

It Is These People Who Will Need Help

Social Security disability may be an option for people suffering from sarcoidosis who are unable to work. While the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not have a specific listing for sarcoidosis, a person who is suffering the serious consequences of this condition may qualify for Social Security disability if he:

  • Meets the criteria for a specific listing for the organ or body system that has been affected by sarcoidosis. For example, if the lungs are affected by sarcoidosis then it is important to consider the criteria listed in Section 3.00 of the Listing of Impairments. If the eyes are affected, consider whether any of the criteria in Section 2.00 have been satisfied.
  • Has symptoms that are equal in severity to one of the specific conditions in the Listing of Impairments. The applicant may not have a specific condition described by the SSA but the symptoms may be similar enough for the SSA to find him disabled.
  • Proves to the SSA that his sarcoidosis symptoms result in his inability to work.Specifically, the SSA will consider the applicant’s residual functional capacity to determine if the applicant can continue working.

While it is possible to qualify for Social Security disability, it is important to know that it is the applicant’s responsibility to file a complete application with the SSA and to clearly set forth the reasons why there should be a finding of disability.

Help Support Those Suffering From Sarcoidosis

April is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month. It is a good time to help raise awareness about Social Security disability for sarcoidosis suffers. Please share this article on Facebook or directly with someone you know who is suffering from this serious condition so that your loved one can learn about his rights and how to protect them.

Morgan & Weisbrod LLP

by Paul B. Burkhalter
Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.


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