If your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis is interfering with your ability to work — like your ability to walk, stand or use your hands, you may consider applying for disability.
Disability Income Programs
There are two disability income programs offered by Social Security for people who cannot work due to a medical condition. Learn more by requesting our free disability e-kit.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
This program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
Social Security Income (SSI)
This program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
Depending on your income, assets and work history, you may qualify for one or both of these programs. To find out what benefits you may be eligible for through Social Security, visit the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool.
It is important to talk with your health care provider when making the decision to apply for disability. Your provider can provide you with documents that you will need to apply.
There are two ways that you can apply for disability:
Visit ssa.gov to learn more about disability benefits and to submit an online application.
Apply in Person or on the Phone
Call 1-800-772-1213 to make an appointment to file a disability claim at your local Social Security office or set up an appointment with someone to take your claim over the phone.
The Social Security Administration has a Disability Starter Kit that can help you get ready to apply whether that is online, over the phone or in person. This kit lists specific documents that you will need for your application.
Making a Decision
A disability examiner will review all the information submitted in your application including your medical records and work history. The examiner will also look at whether you can do any of your previous work or another type of job for which you are qualified. They will use your medical records and other documents to determine whether you meet Social Security’s definition of “disabled” (no longer able to work).
Everyone has the right to be represented by an attorney or other advocate (such as a close friend or family member) on their disability application. As your representative, an attorney or other advocate can help you complete your disability application. He can also check on the status of your application and appear with you during administrative court appearances. If you need legal help applying for disability, visit findlegalhelp.org.
More Tips on Applying for Disability
The Patient Navigation Center has many tips that can help with the application process.