Adiposis Dolorosa

Suffering from a disability that makes it impossible for a person to work can be devastating. Sufferers often feel helpless when they cannot earn an income to help support their families. Living with a disability can be painful and frustrating, and being unable to work adds to the heartache.

Fortunately, people who have worked in the past may be eligible for social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. These benefits are paid for through paycheck deductions, and applicants must have worked a minimum amount in the past in order to qualify. Disabled individuals who are struggling to make ends meet should apply for the benefits that they have earned.

What Is Adiposis Dolorosa?

Adiposis dolorosa, commonly referred to as Decrum’s disease, is a rare condition that causes sufferers to develop fatty growths that are typically found on the torso and upper extremities. The growths tend to be painful, and some sufferers report that they are constantly in severe pain due to the condition. It is more common for adult women to suffer from adiposis dolorosa than any other group.

People who have a BMI over 25 are more likely to suffer from adiposis dolorosa. The fatty growths represent the primary complication of this condition, but there are other symptoms that are typically experienced with the disease. These symptoms include:

  • Weakness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Mood disorders including depression and anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Dementia

Qualifying for SSDI benefits with adiposis dolorosa often depends upon the severity of the condition. Some people feel pain occasionally, but there are others who are constantly in severe pain. A decrease in mental function can also affect a person’s ability to complete job tasks.

Getting SSDI For Adiposis Dolorosa

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains strict requirements for qualifying for SSDI benefits. While people who suffer from adiposis dolorosa may qualify, they will have to prove that the condition makes it impossible for them to complete job tasks. These individuals will also need to prove that they are completely unable to work in any position for which they are qualified. This means that the SSA will examine the job history of the applicant to determine if they could find a position that accommodates their disability.

Complications of a condition that causes a disability must be expected to last at least one year in order for an applicant to qualify. The SSA will determine eligibility based on evidence presented in the form of medical records. This is why it is essential for sufferers to schedule regular appointments with a licensed medical professional. A doctor should take thorough notes related to the date of disability and details of symptoms including type and severity.

The fact that the SSA uses medical records as evidence means that these records tend to be the most important part of the application. Working with a doctor who understands that the individual is applying for SSDI benefits is recommended.

Getting Help With Applying

Navigating the process of applying for SSDI benefits can be frustrating and confusing. People who go it alone may feel overwhelmed and worried that they will not get the benefits that they need to help support their families. With about 70 percent of first-time applications being denied, it is understandable that applicants worry about their ability to accurately fill out the application the first time around.

The best way to boost the chances of being approved for much-needed benefits is by consulting with an SSDI attorney. Legal representatives who have experience with SSDI cases know how to help their clients gather medical records and fill out the paperwork required for a complete application. The first step to getting the benefits that are needed to pay for basic necessities is calling a skilled legal professional. I have ten years of experience in social security cases and appeals, and am ready to fight for your benefits. Contact me today to get started on your case.

Ruth F. Kolb, Esquire has been practicing social security disability law since 2003 handling all levels of representation from initial claims through all stages of appeal.