Epstein-Barr Virus and Social Security Disability

The Epstein-Barr virus, or EBV, is an extremely contagious variant of the herpes family of viruses. Studies have shown that roughly 95% if all adults have been exposed to this virus at some point in their lives. The virus remains dormant in the body for the rest of your life, and can be passed to others, even when you are not showing symptoms. They symptoms of EBV can include:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Aches
  • Headache
  • Nasal Congestion

In some cases, the Epstein-Barr virus can lead to mononucleosis, often referred to as mono, which can result in:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Swollen glands
  • Rash

Applying for Social Security Disability When Diagnosed with Epstein-Barr

Most people who contract EBV recover from their symptoms within a few months. However, some individuals suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, or difficulty concentrating, for a much longer period of time—making it difficult to work. If you are a chronic sufferer of the Epstein-Barr virus, and you are unable to perform at any type of job, you might consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

The duration of your illness will be one of the biggest obstacles to face when applying. The SSA requires that, in order to be eligible for benefits, your disability must limit your ability to work for more than twelve months. If it has been less than 12 months since you were diagnosed with EBV, you will need to provide substantial evidence that due to the severity of your condition, or other complications, your symptoms are expected to last longer than a year.

Qualifying for SSD Benefits Due to Epstein-Barr Virus Symptoms

In order to receive approval for Social Security Disability benefits, your symptoms must meet the requirements of at least one of the SSA’s listings. You can also complete a physical residual functional capacity assessment, demonstrating that your EBV symptoms limit your ability to work.

Epstein-Barr often causes aches and pains throughout the body. If your chronic symptoms make it difficult for you to perform common job-related tasks, such as lifting objects, pushing, pulling, standing, or walking, you may be able to meet the requirements of a listing.

Chronic fatigue is another EBV symptom that the SSA may evaluate when determining your eligibility. Many people suffering from the Epstein-Barr virus are unable to work a complete 8-hour day without many breaks. This factor would be taken into consideration when determining your ability to work.

Medical Evidence Needed When Applying for SSD Benefits for Epstein-Barr

It can be very challenging to gather the medical documentation necessary to receive approval for Social Security Disability benefits. You not only need to demonstrate that your symptoms are severe enough to limit your abilities, but also that the symptoms are expected to last for more than 12 months. Examples of the documentation you need to provide include:

  • Physician’s notes explaining your symptoms and prognosis
  • History of treatments and your response to those treatments
  • Documentation illustrating any complications caused by the EBV
  • History of hospitalizations related to the EBV

The Importance of Hiring a Social Security Disability Attorney When Applying

Epstein-Barr may affect you quite unexpectedly, forcing you to stop working suddenly. If you expect that you won’t be able to return to work for quite some time, you will need to receive Social Security Disability benefits as soon as possible to protect yourself financially. In order to increase your chances of receiving approval, it is strongly recommended that you enlist the services of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney.