HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) are recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as a qualifying condition for receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. However, the SSA evaluates each case individually to determine whether or not the effects or the treatments would preclude you from doing any kind of work for a period of at least twelve months.
In the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security manual (also known as the Blue Book), The Social Security Administration classifies HIV as a Malignant Neoplastic Disease. When evaluating individual cases, they consider a number of factors including:
- The limitations caused by symptoms or signs, such as severe fatigue, fever, malaise, diffuse musculoskeletal pain, or involuntary weight loss.
- The effects of treatment such as adverse side effects, the intrusiveness and complexity treatment, and any other aspects of treatment that may interfere with ability to function.
- An individual with HIV infection, including one with a diagnosis of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), may be found disabled and qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits.
At the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., we are experienced in handling social security disability claims related to HIV and AIDS. We understand what the SSA is looking for when evaluating claims, and are here to be your tough advocates regardless of the level of your appeal.
We also realize that this is a difficult time, and are here to answer your questions. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.