Social Security Disability can provide the financial support that many people with disabilities need to survive. Those who have worked and meet the qualifications for these benefits may be able to receive compensation, so they can focus on their health and have a decent quality of life despite not being able to perform substantial work.
For people who suffer from burns on the job or under other circumstances, their lives may change forever. Burns may be disfiguring and could lead to pain or other issues that make it impossible to work consistently.
Does the Social Security Administration allow people with burns to get SSDI?
Social Security Disability Insurance benefits may pay out to those with burns under certain circumstances. Generally speaking, those who have extensive skin lesions will be able to qualify for benefits if they can show that those will be present for at least 12 months continuously.
Burns don’t only come from accidents. Sometimes, genetic photosensitivity disorders can lead to burn-like injuries, too. If a genetic photosensitivity disorder is not under control and leads to extensive skin lesions that will remain on the body for at least 12 months, then people who fall into that category may seek Social Security Disability as well.
Burns are considered to be a kind of skin disorder. To be able to qualify for support, the Social Security Administration generally requires you to be on a treatment plan and to go to treatment for at least three months. However, the SSA may approve a claim with the medical equivalence rule if there is enough evidence that the injury or condition is disabling.
What do you need to do to qualify for SSDI benefits?
If you have a burn or skin condition that meets the requirements in the Social Security Blue Book or you have a condition that would meet the medical equivalence rule, it is time to collect as much evidence as possible. You will need medical documents, as well as other information requested on your application, to seek these benefits.
There is a chance that your initial claim could be denied. If that happens, look into your legal options, so you can appeal to get the support you need.