Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Social Security Disability | Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC

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According to the Mayo Clinic, Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is chronic inflammation and deep lesions of the skin, particularly in sensitive areas of the armpits and groin.  Possible causes are thought to involve a combination of genetics, hormones, and other factors.  HS may impact 1-2% of the population, but absolute numbers are uncertain. Given how relatively rare this medical condition is, our attorneys at Hoglund Law Offices have successfully represented a surprising number of clients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa in Social Security Disability benefits claims.  Our clients have typically worked for over ten years or more with symptoms before succumbing to the progressive lesions and pain despite surgical intervention. How does Social Security Disability evaluate Hidradenitis Suppurativa?  Social Security verifies the diagnosis first.

In my experience, records usually carry ongoing primary care treatment for recurring boils that require in-office lancing.  Of concern, I have seen some medical record histories that initially fail to specifically diagnose HS until these lesions have persisted in various forms and locations for a few years.  There are possible reasons for this that I address below. Social Security reviews Hidradenitis Suppurativa claims under a special definition of disability called a listing.

Here is the “listing” that Social Security applies to claims based on Hidradenitis Suppurativa:

8.06 Hidradenitis suppurativa, with extensive skin lesions involving both axillae, both inguinal areas or the perineum that persist for at least 3 months despite continuing treatment as prescribed.

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