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Understanding Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Disability Claims

Bowman, DePree & Murphy

Navigating the Path to Social Security Disability with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) can be a daily balancing act. The chronic pain, joint instability, and unpredictable flares can significantly impact a person’s ability to work and maintain a regular income. For many individuals with EDS, Social Security Disability benefits can be a vital lifeline, providing financial support and a sense of security.

Understanding Social Security Disability and EDS

The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines disability as the inability to engage in “substantial gainful activity” due to a medically determinable impairment that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. While there is no specific listing for EDS in the SSA’s Blue Book, the agency recognizes that the condition can cause severe limitations that qualify for benefits under certain circumstances.

Building a Strong Case for SSD with EDS

To be approved for disability benefits with EDS, you will need to provide comprehensive evidence of your condition’s severity and its impact on your ability to work. This evidence can include:

  • Detailed medical records: Documenting your diagnosis, treatment history, and ongoing symptoms is crucial.
  • Doctor’s statements: Your physician can provide a written opinion on how EDS affects your functional capacity and ability to perform specific job duties.
  • Vocational assessment: This evaluation can help determine what types of jobs you are still capable of performing, given your physical limitations.
  • Personal testimony: Share your own experiences with EDS and how it restricts your daily activities and ability to work.

The Importance of Advocacy and Support

The journey to applying for SSD can be complex and confusing. Consider seeking assistance from EDS support groups. Connecting with others who understand your condition can offer invaluable emotional support and practical advice.

Remember, you are not alone. Many individuals with EDS have successfully navigated the path to Social Security disability benefits. With proper preparation, documentation, and support, you can increase your chances of a favorable outcome.

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I hope this blog post provides helpful information and encouragement for individuals with EDS who are considering applying for SSD benefits. Remember, you have the right to seek support and resources to navigate this process and secure the financial assistance you deserve.

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Please consult with an attorney to discuss your specific situation.