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Social Security Disability benefits can change your life when medical conditions force you to stop working. The monthly checks help you survive, so you can take care of yourself and move forward after your health takes a hit.

Social Security considers complications from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to be a qualifying impairment for disability benefits. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get benefits with HIV/AIDS.

While it meant severe, debilitating and life-threatening illness decades ago, HIV infection is now highly manageable. Many people have mild to no symptoms. They’re able to keep working and living normally while managing their case.

That’s a great thing. But to avoid getting denied when you’re trying to seek disability benefits, you have to show that in your situation, the effects of HIV or AIDS make working impossible. 

You can do that with support from a Social Security Disability lawyer who knows the rules, the steps and the evidence you need to win benefits. 

The Morgan Law Firm disability attorneys in South Bend have helped thousands of people in Indiana and Michigan appeal their disability denials.

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How to Qualify for Social Security Disability for HIV/AIDS

The Social Security Administration (SSA) rules for how to get disability benefits with HIV are full of complex, technical, medical terms.

In essence, you have to show that you have certain effects of HIV or AIDS that are severely limiting to your everyday life.

These include:

  • Bacterial infections that devastate your ability to function or even leave you hospitalized sometimes
  • Viral infections that rule you out from being able to work
  • Fungal infections that attack your immune system and other parts of your body
  • Forms of cancer resulting from your weakened immune system because of HIV/AIDS
  • Skin conditions resulting from HIV/AIDS

Another aspect of your disability claim could be the toll that HIV/AIDS takes on your mental health.

If your struggle has left you with depression or anxiety, those conditions can qualify you for benefits when they are severe and limiting. Many people get disability benefits with mental health disorders.

Don’t wonder and worry about whether you’ll be able to secure life-saving financial relief from disability benefits.

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What Evidence Do You Need to Get Disability Benefits for HIV/AIDS?

Listing the diagnoses you have for HIV or AIDS, or related conditions mentioned above, will be part of your disability claim. But it’s not enough on its own.

Qualifying for disability benefits isn’t necessarily about the exact diagnosis you have. It’s about how the symptoms you experience from your health problems impact your daily life.

So you need to show Social Security details of your medical treatment, including:

  • Reports from medical exams
  • Results of medical tests
  • Other reports from your doctors
  • Records of hospitalizations
  • Lists of medications you take
  • Details of your treatment plan
  • How your treatment is working
  • Statements about your daily life from people close to you

It can seem like a cold process, trying to get Social Security Disability. At The Morgan Law Firm, our goal is to make it easier for you. While the rules can be cold, we are caring.

We listen and take time to understand you. We guide you through this government process with dignity and respect.

Ultimately what we want is help you reach a better time in your life.

You pay no fee until you win benefits.

Let’s go after the financial assistance that you’re entitled to receive.

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