Jenkintown HIV and AIDS Illness Social Security Attorneys
Happily, medications have allowed people infected with HIV/AIDS to live longer and stay healthier. Although the diagnosis of HIV or AIDS used to qualify an individual for disability benefits, that is no longer the case. Now the question Social Security asks is whether the symptoms of the condition prevent the person from working on a full time basis.
Are You "Disabled"?
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) damages the immune system. A wide variety of "opportunistic" infections take advantage of a weakened immune system and affect the victim in ways that can be mild to severe. The medications that keep people healthy have side effects and these can also make a person ill and limit their ability to work.
The process for determining your condition has these steps:
- If you are currently working you do not qualify. If you are not working, then are your symptoms severe? Are you able to walk, stand, see, hear, etc?
- Are you capable of performing work that you have done in the past?
- Considering your age, education and skills, are there other jobs you could do on a full-time basis?
Tests, such as those measuring T-cell levels, can also qualify you for benefits.
The attorneys at the Disability Benefits Law Center can discuss your disability application in greater detail with you. We know that every case is unique and we are always up-to-date on the law and procedures of the SSA.
We have nearly 65 years of combined legal experience and are devoted entirely to serving the needs of clients seeking disability benefits. Call us toll free at 866-498-9387 or contact us online to arrange a complimentary consultation with a Philadelphia lawyer.