When we think of the skin, we often think of it as our body’s natural barrier. Our skin is there to protect us. It is our largest organ because it has this very specific and important function. Unfortunately, there are a myriad of conditions that can affect the skin to the point that they can be disabling.
Whether the cause of a skin disorder is hereditary, congenital or acquired, the SSA evaluates all conditions in essentially the same way. They look at these conditions via Listing 8.00 of the Listing of Impairments. While a great myriad of skin conditions exists, they divide skin conditions into seven main categories; Ichthyosis, Bullous Disease, chronic infections, dermatitis, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, genetic photosensitivity disorders and burns.
With any skin disorder, they will examine medical records to evaluate the severity of the condition, the duration, frequency of flare-ups, history of the condition and prognosis. They will also consider how things like pain; your treatment plan and related factors affect you. If you suffer from skin lesions that are on your joints or on other various parts of your body, they will look to see how the lesions affect your abilities to move and use these parts. The SSA will also consider the side effects of your treatment and whether or not treatment has resulted in any improvement of your condition.
Some skin conditions go hand in hand with other disorders, such as; tuberous sclerosis, malignant tumors, autoimmune disorders, loss of senses, etc. The SSA will consider these other disorders when evaluating the records.
Most skin conditions are not covered within the strict reading of the Listings. If your condition falls into this category, your claim may be harder to prove. Therefore, if your condition is disabling, it is imperative to have an expert review your medical records and demonstrate to the SSA how your condition is equal to one of the conditions in the Listings. We can work with your doctors to get the evidence that we need to win your case.
There is never a fee for representation on this type of case unless we win! Therefore, you have nothing to lose by having an expert fight for you. Our office is open and proudly continues to serve all of Vacaville, Fairfield, Vallejo and surrounding areas.