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How Does The SSA Evaluate Immune Deficiency Disorders (excluding HIV infection)?

Immune deficiency disorders are classified into two categories (1) primary (or congenital) and (2) acquired. Congenital disorders consist of X-linked agammaglobulinemia, thymic hypoplasia (DiGeorge syndrome), severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), and C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency. These primary disorders are mainly seen in children. Sometimes though these disorders are seen in children.

Obviously, a claimant must prove to the SSA that the specific type of the immune deficiency. This is usually accomplished by laboratory evidence or by "other generally acceptable methods consistent" with medical knowledge and practice.

If someone has undergone stem cell transplantation, then he or she will be considered disabled for twelve months from the date of the transplant. After that twelve months have elapsed, then the SSA will consider if the claimant has any residual impariments resulting from the treatment. The SSA specifically enumerates the following complications: (1) Graft-versus-host disease (GHV); (2) Immunosuppressant therapy (frequent infections); and (3) significant deterioration of other organ systems.

Finally, if a claimant suffers from medication-induced immune suppression, and the immune suppression is not resolved when the medication is cease, then the SSA will evaluate the frequence and severity of infections, residuals from the organ transplant itself, and significant deterioration of other organ systems.

If you believe that you are disabled and qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits, contact a Dallas Social Security Disability Attorney today.