Can I Qualify for Disability Benefits with a Skin Disorder?

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who cannot work due to a disability, you may be able to qualify for monthly disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unfortunately, being approved is notoriously tough, and the SSA imposes strict requirements for eligibility.  It’s important to understand how your medical condition will be evaluated when your application is being reviewed, and in this entry of our “Can I Qualify?” blog series, we’ll be taking a look at skin problems.

Skin Disorders That Can Qualify You for Disability Benefits

We tend to think of our skin as a simple covering for our bones and muscles, but in fact, the skin is a complex organ that plays a vital role in maintaining overall physical health.  The skin is the largest organ of the entire body, and when it is damaged, the consequences can be dire.

The good news is, if you’re living with a skin condition in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you may be a strong candidate for SSA benefits.  The SSA evaluates skin conditions under Section 8.00 of its Listing of Impairments.

Under Section 8.00, listed conditions include:

  • Ichthyosis (Section 8.02)
  • Bullous Disease (Section 8.03)
  • Chronic Skin or Mucuous Membrane Infections (Section 8.04)
  • Dermatitis (Section 8.05)
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa (Section 8.06)
  • Genetic Photosensitivity Disorders (Section 8.07)
  • Burns (Section 8.08)

If you don’t see your skin condition listed, don’t get discouraged.  While the Listing of Impairments is an important reference, it doesn’t cover every possible medical issue (such as rare conditions).  The SSA’s own Listing overview states, “The absence of a listing-level impairment does not mean the individual is not disabled.”

skin disorder disability lawyer

What Requirements Does My Skin Condition Have to Meet To Be a Disability?

The short answer to this question is that all skin conditions are different, meaning each condition is evaluated based on its own specific requirements.  These requirements are meant to ensure that the claimant’s disability is not simply present, but actually severe enough to prevent him or her from working for a period of at least 12 months.


According to the American Burn Association, roughly 450,000 burn injuries will require medical treatment in the U.S. every year, making burns one of the more common skin conditions. Unfortunately, they are also one of the most painful injuries to heal from.  The SSA’s requirements for burn injuries are very simple, stating only that they must have caused “extensive skin lesions.”


Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin.  Your dermatitis may include psoriasis, allergic contact dermatitis, dyshidrosis, or other conditions.  As with burns, the requirements are simple: your dermatitis must be associated with “extensive skin lesions that persist for at least 3 months despite continuing treatment as prescribed.”

The exact same requirement applies to Bullous Disease (which may include pemphigus, epidermolysis bullosa, dermatitis herpetiformis, or other conditions) and ichthyosis.

This requirement is also very similar for chronic skin and mucous membrane infections, with the added point that the extensive skin lesions must be either fungating or ulcerating.

The full official text of the SSA medical requirements for skin disorders can be viewed here.

Whether you’re still on the fence about applying for disability, or you’ve already been denied the SSA, our experienced Philadelphia disability benefits lawyers are here to help no matter what stage of the process you’ve reached.   To schedule your free and confidential case evaluation, call the law offices of Young, Marr, Mallis & Associates at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania, or contact us online.

Related Articles

How Bankruptcy Can Protect You

Filing for bankruptcy is often thought of as a sign of failure. At best, it is seen as a last resort when faced with too many bills, collection letters, or […]

Read More »

Means Testing in Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy has many layers. Before filing, a potential debtor will have to gather their bills, bank statements, tax returns, and proof of all household income for the previous six months. […]

Read More »

How Many Types of Social Security Benefits Are Available?

While it is necessary to be disabled to receive disability benefits, the non-medical requirements are different for each category. You may be entitled to one or more types of benefits. […]

Read More »

Have an Attorney Review Your Case for Free

Get a Free Case Evaluation

Contact Our Attorneys To Learn How We Can Help Your Case


12 Convenient Locations Across Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Philadelphia, PA

7909 Bustletown Ave, 1st Floor Philadelphia, PA 19152 (215) 607-7478 Get Directions

Quakertown, PA

328 Broad St. Quakertown, PA 18951 (215) 515-6876 Get Directions

Allentown, PA

137 N 5th St. Suite A Allentown, PA 18102 (215) 240-4082 Get Directions

Jenkintown, PA

135 Old York Road Jenkintown, PA 19046 (215) 544-3347 Get Directions

Easton, PA

101 Larry Holmes Dr. #212 Easton, PA 18042 (215) 515-7077 Get Directions

Bala Cynwyd, PA

2 Bala Plaza, Suite 300 Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 (610) 557-3209 Get Directions

Bensalem, PA

3554 Hulmeville Rd, #102 Bensalem, PA 19020 (215) 515-6389 Get Directions

Plymouth Meeting, PA

600 W. Germantown Pike #400 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 (215) 515-6876 Get Directions

Harrisburg, PA

2225 Sycamore St Harrisburg, PA 17111 (717) 864-8887 Get Directions

Cinnaminson, NJ

909 Route 130 South #202 Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 (609) 796-4344 Get Directions

Hamilton Twp., NJ

100 Horizon Center Blvd., 1st and 2nd Floors Hamilton Township, NJ 08691 (609) 236-8649 Get Directions

Marlton, NJ

10000 Lincoln Drive E One Greentree Centre, Suite 201 Marlton, NJ 08053 (856) 213-2805 Get Directions

Piscataway, NJ

200 Centennial Ave. Suite 200 Piscataway, NJ 08854 (908) 367-7256 Get Directions