Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of a deer tick (black-legged tick). Individuals with Lyme disease may receive Social Security Disability benefits if they show that the effects of the Lyme disease interfere with their abilities to prevent them from working.

It is not easy to qualify for disability benefits if you have Lyme disease. An experienced disability attorney may provide all of the necessary assistance in ensuring that every possible avenue to eligibility is considered. A knowledgeable disability attorney may ensure that any applicant fully takes advantage of the rules intended to help individuals obtain eligibility for disability benefits. One of the best ways to make sure you understand all of the technical, legal requirements associated with applying for disability benefits is to retain the services of an experienced, knowledgeable and qualified Social Security Disability attorney like Mike Sullivan.

Because Lyme disease may cause many physical and mental symptoms, its effects may prevent an individual from working even if he or she doesn’t meet a listing in the SSA’s Blue Book. Social Security evaluates an applicant’s abilities and impairments based on their Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) to determine if the combination of all of their impairments prevents them from working.

Depending on their severity, symptoms such as pain in the muscles, joints, tendons, and back, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, arthritis pain and swelling in the knees or other joints, may make it difficult to engage in physical activities such as walking, standing, and lifting. Problems with sleep and fatigue may also make it difficult for an individual to perform any type of physical work. As with any RFC assessment, the SSA will also evaluate an applicant’s ability to do less strenuous, sedentary work.

The effects of the disease on mental abilities may also make workplace functioning difficult. Memory loss, concentration problems and difficulty completing certain complex tasks are other variables to be considered in any RFC assessment.

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