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Photosensitivity Disorders Social Security Disability Benefits

What are Photosensitivity disorders?

There are several different types of hereditary photosensitivity syndromes, each of which has the potential to be very disabled. For the purposes of granting benefits, the Social Security Administration divides them into two categories: Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) and everything else.

Xeroderma pigmentosum is a hereditary photosensitivity illness that typically manifests itself very early in life, typically from infancy. As with other forms of photosensitivity, it results in an individual’s inability to recuperate from damage produced by the sun’s rays or other forms of ultraviolet light. In some situations, individuals with this illness are not permitted to be exposed to sunlight at all.

When individuals with xeroderma pigmentosum or other photosensitivity disorders are exposed to sunlight, they run the risk of developing serious ailments such as skin cancer. In severe circumstances, individuals who suffer from this condition must spend their entire lives avoiding sunshine.

Numerous different types of photosensitivity illnesses exist, ranging in severity from bothersome to severe. Milder hereditary photosensitivity disorders can be managed by avoiding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen, whereas more severe photosensitivity disorders need you to avoid not only sunlight but also all forms of ultraviolet radiation, including light from fluorescent lamps.

Photosensitivity diseases manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from an increased susceptibility to sunburn and a diminished capacity to heal from sunburns to real skin lesions produced by exposure to sun or other ultraviolet light. Sufferers may need to wear specific protective clothing and eyewear in addition to using a particular sunscreen that prevents broad spectrum opaque UV radiation, depending on the severity of their symptoms.

Frequently, individuals with photosensitivity diseases also experience mental or neurological issues, as well as secondary medical illnesses and disorders affecting other body systems, most notably the eyes.

Disability Benefits for Individuals with Genetic Photosensitivity Disorders

Your child will be regarded as impaired from birth if he or she is diagnosed with xeroderma pigmentosum. To establish his or her eligibility for disability benefits, all you need to do is establish that they do really have xeroderma pigmentosum.

The technicalities of qualifying for disability benefits with xeroderma pigmentosum are described in the Bluebook under 8.00 E 1 and 8.07, which contains a list of disability-qualifying conditions.

If you or your kid has xeroderma pigmentosum, you are automatically eligible for Social Security disability benefits because you are unable to work in conventional work conditions due to your inability to be exposed to sunlight or fluorescent lighting. Because this is a genetic ailment that runs in families, the SSA gives credit to those who have been unfortunate enough to acquire this condition have been disabled their entire lives, and back pay will be calculated from the date of birth upon approval of disability payments.

You must furnish the SSA with the findings of any relevant laboratory and clinical tests required to diagnose xeroderma pigmentosum. If you cannot acquire these records, the SSA will typically accept proof from an approved medical source stating that testing was performed and xeroderma pigmentosum was diagnosed.

For other types of genetic photosensitivity disorders, Social Security Administration will assess the degree and severity of sun and UV light-induced skin lesions. To be eligible for disability payments, you must demonstrate that your symptoms are severe enough to prevent you from working safely and have lasted or are projected to last at least 12 months.

As with XP, you must present laboratory or clinical test findings indicating that you have a photosensitivity disorder or documentation from an appropriate medical source confirming that such tests were undertaken and that you do indeed have a genetic photosensitivity disorder.

Generally, you must demonstrate that the lesions induced by sunlight prevent you from using at least two major limbs, prevent you from ambulating, or pose a considerable risk of causing skin cancer or another serious skin illness. Section 8.00 of the Blue Book contains general information on how the Social Security Administration evaluates skin disorders.

Your Disability Case for Genetic Photosensitivity Disorders

Even if your condition plainly qualifies you for Social Security disability payments, it’s a good idea to have your application reviewed by a Social Security disability lawyer. Not only can they provide sound advice on how to proceed with your case, but they can also assist in ensuring that all necessary paperwork is done properly to avoid any delays in collecting your benefits.

Even under the best-case scenario, the majority of disability claims take six months or longer to be approved. Frequently, claimants are refused disability benefits due to reporting errors rather than a lack of qualifying criteria. By hiring a skilled disability attorney to file your claim on your behalf, you may help guarantee that you are not kept waiting any longer than necessary.

To have a Social Security disability attorney analyze your claim, simply complete the form on this page for a free examination. Regardless of which level of the claims or appeals process you are in, a disability lawyer can assist you in obtaining approval for your claim.