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Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is an inherited connective tissue disorder that interferes with the structure, production, or processing of collagen. The disorder typically affects the skin, joints, and blood vessels, with symptoms including easy bruising, ligamentous laxity, joint pain, and weak tissue. Many consider it to be an "invisible disability," as it is often misdiagnosed with hypochondriasis, depression, or chronic fatigue syndrome. While proving an "invisible disability" to Social Security Administration may be difficult, there are two main ways to establish disability from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome if your rheumatologist supports your claim.

Changes in Evidentiary Standards

The Social Security Administration has issued a final rule replacing the term "material" evidence with all evidence that "relates" to a claim in §404.1512(a) and §416.912(a), supported by reasoning that they are removing the need for claimants to make a legal judgment. This is clearly a broader standard, considering that "the meaning of 'relates' is broad and includes anything that has a logical or causal connection" to the claim. 79 FR at 9665.

Appealing a decision on the Internet

So you've requested Social Security Disability payments and your application has been denied. This happens to people all across Minnesota every year, and it's important to note that this is not the end of the road. You can still appeal that decision. In fact, many applications are denied for simple reasons -- such as forgetting to fill out a certain box -- and this can be rectified quickly.

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