Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Human immunodeficiency virus, typically shortened to HIV, is an infection that can compromise your entire immune system. This makes you susceptible to pathogens carried by family members and coworkers as well as any germs present in places such as the mall or a restaurant.
When you live with HIV, any activities, including work, may compromise your immune system. Additionally, HIV can cause a gradual failure of your health, making it difficult for you to earn the wages you need to provide for yourself and your loved ones. If you suffer from HIV, you may be entitled to long-term disability benefits to help you with medical bills and other expenses. Contact an Indiana long-term disability attorney from Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633 for more information on your legal rights and options.
What is a Long-Term Disability?
The Social Security Administration and other disability providers define a long-term disability as an illness or injury that will last at least a year or will eventually result in the loss of life. HIV counts as a long-term disability because it is incurable, and it can weaken your immune system to the point that you then fall ill to a dangerous infection.
Infections with HIV
According to the Social Security Administration, you must prove both HIV as well as another infection in order to gain disability benefits. Besides HIV, you may suffer from the following:
- Bacterial infections
- Fungal infections
- Protozoan or helminthic infections (worms)
- Cancerous growths
- Long-term diarrhea
When you have HIV, your weak immune system can fail to protect you against debilitating illnesses. On the other hand, your long-term disability provider should not fail to protect you from medical bills and other debts that can affect you while you are ill. Talk to an attorney today to discuss your case.
At Hankey Law Office, we understand that it can difficult enough to deal with the symptoms of HIV without also having to fight for the long-term disability that you deserve. We are here to help you. If you have HIV and other infections that are preventing you from working, contact an experienced Indiana long-term disability lawyer from Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 today.