How to Receive Social Security Disability Benefits If You Have Lyme Disease

If you live or vacation near woods and grassy areas, you enjoy outdoor activities, or you have an outdoor occupation, your risk of becoming infected with Lyme disease is higher than it is for other people. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is most often Lyme Disease Fact Sheet With Various Medicationsacquired through deer ticks, and it is the most common tick-borne illness in Europe and the U.S.

Black-legged ticks transmit Lyme disease bacteria to people who live in the north-central or northeastern U.S.; the western black-legged tick transmits it on the Pacific Coast. Only a limited number of tick bites actually lead to Lyme disease, but it’s important to be treated for the disease in its early stages.

Because Lyme disease can be tricky to diagnose, people who suffer from this disease often find it challenging to get Social Security disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, it is possible to receive benefits under the right circumstances.

How to Receive Social Security Disability for Lyme Disease

There is no specific disability listing in the SSA’s blue book for Lyme disease. However, you may be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits if your condition meets the symptoms of another impairment listing or if you can show that your condition makes it impossible to work. If you have advanced Lyme disease, here are some ways you might qualify for disability benefits:

  • If your symptoms for Lyme disease indicate serious limitations in your ability to use your arms or walk, you may meet the requirements listed in the section for the musculoskeletal system.
  • If you can show that Lyme disease has damaged your heart, you may meet the requirements listed in the section for the cardiovascular system.
  • If your Lyme disease has caused anxiety or cognitive issues, you may meet the requirements listed in the section for mental disorders.
  • If your Lyme disease has caused severe arthritis in the knees or other major joints, you may meet the requirements listed in the section for inflammatory arthritis.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Lyme disease, and the limitations caused by this condition make it impossible for you to return to work, call us at 402-933-5405 to discuss your situation. We can help determine if you’re eligible for Social Security benefits.

 

Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska