HIV and Social Security Benefits

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was discovered in 1981 and is a virus that attacks and weakens the human’s immune system, leaving him or her vulnerable to life-threatening infections like AIDS. White blood cells and antibodies typically destroy foreign objects in your body, but when a person has HIV, the virus slowly kills off these white blood cells, leaving your immune system defenseless.

Patients with HIV may need social security benefits in the event that they are unable to work for an extended period of time. If you have questions about applying for Social Security disability benefits, or wish to appeal a denied claim, contact the Indianapolis social security attorneys of Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633 today.

HIV-related Complications

Statistics have shown that between 80 and 90 percent of HIV patients develop illnesses such as influenza or acute HIV infection. This could cause you to miss work without pay and you will need disability benefits to help you stay financially independent. Some other common HIV-related illnesses and conditions include:

  • Pharyngitis
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Myalgia
  • Enlarged liver and spleen
  • Headaches, nausea, and vomiting

There is currently no cure for HIV or AIDS but there are medications that help reduce the threat of infections. If you were denied disability benefits you will need a qualified Social Security lawyer to represent your claim as you appeal the decision.

Contact Us

We are passionately committed to helping our clients to obtain the disability benefits that they deserve. Contact the Indianapolis social security attorneysof Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to speak with a qualified attorney about your case.