How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits with Behcet’s Disease

This information appeared in a blog post by Molly @ssd-help.org in 2019.

The severity of Behcet's Disease can be be debilitating and make it impossible for patients to work.  If you have Behcet’s Disease and can’t work because of the symptoms, you can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. The only requirements that you must meet are that you have worked in the past and that you expect that you won’t be able to work for at least 12 months.

Medically qualifying for disability benefits:

In order to have your claim for disability benefits approved,  you must be diagnosed with a condition that is listed in the SSA’s Blue Book and meet the medical requirements that have been established by the SSA. There is no listing in the Blue Book for Behcet’s because it’s relatively rare; however, you can qualify for benefits by meeting the Blue Book listing requirements for a condition that is associated with Behcet’s. Arthritis is one of the most prevalent symptoms of Behcet’s and you can be approved for disability benefits if you meet the Blue Book listing for arthritis which states that you must prove that you meet one of these standards:

• Persistent inflammation or deformity of one or more peripheral weight-bearing joints resulting in the inability to move effectively OR

• One or more major peripheral joints in an upper extremity resulting in the inability to preform fine movements OR

• Inflammation or deformity of one or more major peripheral joints with: o Involvement of two or more organs/body systems with one of the organs/body systems involved in moderate level of severity AND

  • At least two of the constitutional symptoms (fever, malaise, involuntary weight loss, severe fever) OR
  • Ankylosing spondylitis or other spondyloarthropathies OR
  • Repeated manifestations of inflammatory arthritis with at least two of the constitutional symptoms (malaise, involuntary weight loss, severe fatigue, fever) and one of the following:
  • Limitation of daily living activities o Limitation in maintaining social functions
  • Limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner

You can submit medical evidence like X-rays and MRIs to prove that you meet those requirements.

Medical Vocational Allowance

You can also qualify for disability benefits through a Medical Vocational Allowance. If you don’t meet any of the Blue Book requirements or the condition you have isn’t in the Blue Book you can still be approved for benefits if your doctor fills out a Residual Functional Capacity evaluation. This allows your doctor to describe in detail how your condition makes it impossible for you to work. Submit the RFC with your medical records and claim form in order to qualify through a Medical Vocational Allowance.

Filing A Claim

You can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits online through the SSA’s website at any time as long as you have Internet access. If you’re unable to fill out the claim online yourself you can have a friend, family member, or caregiver fill it out and submit it for you. Resources Found Via: