Birmingham Alabama Disability Attorney: HIV

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus which weakens the body's immune system to the point that a suffer has difficulty fighting off certain infections. AIDS is a chronic, potentially life threatening condition caused by HIV. It can take years before HIV weakens your immune system to the point where you are diagnosed as having AIDS. Fortunately, much has been done in the last few years to enable those suffering from this disease to live in more comfort and to maintain a fulfilling life, but the disease still can be devastating-both physically and emotionally.

The Social Security Administration lists HIV as a condition which can be disabling when the symptoms interferes with the persons ability to engage in sustained work activity. Listing 14.08 in the Code of Federal Regulations lays out in specifics the impairments which a sufferer of HIV has to have in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits Listing 14.08, but some of the list includes: candidiasis, carcinoma of the cervix, herpes simplex, histoplasmosis, HIV wasting syndrome, Hodgkin's disease, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and pulmonary tuberculosis which is resistant to treatment.

Suffers whose condition causes them to have a "marked limitation" in their ability to engage in daily activities, maintain social functioning of causes difficulties in completing tasks in a timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence or pace may also qualify for disability benefits.

You will need to provide documentation of your medical condition, so please continue with your current treatment, and don't give up just because your initial claim was denied. The majority of persons who apply for Social Security Disability benefits for HIV/AIDS are denied after their initial application. Often the Social Security Administration makes their initial decision without receiving all your medical records and the Administration simply does not have the resources to contact your main treating physicians to ask the detailed questions needed concerning your condition. The fact is that your best chance at being awarded disability benefits is after your appeal.

If you live in the Metro Birmingham area* and you have been denied disability benefits but believe that your condition is disabling, please feel free to call one an experienced Birmingham Disability Attorney at Powell and Denny with your questions. Contact Powell and Denny

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Birmingham Alabama Disability Attorney: HIV