By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease, can significantly impact an individual’s ability to work and perform daily activities. If you are facing a denial of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits related to scleroderma, navigating the appeals process is crucial. Disability Advocates Group, based in Florida, understands the complexities of scleroderma claims and offers expert tips to enhance your chances of success at SSDI or SSI hearings.

1. Understanding Scleroderma and its Impact on Daily Life

Before delving into the intricacies of hearing process, it’s essential to have a clear understanding of scleroderma and its effects. Disability Advocates Group recommends providing a detailed account of how scleroderma has altered your life, making it challenging to work and engage in routine activities.

2. Common Reasons for SSDI or SSI Denials in Scleroderma Cases

Understanding the reasons for denial is crucial for a successful SSDI or SSI hearing. Disability Advocates Group advises applicants to carefully review the denial notice, which often outlines specific issues. Common reasons for denial may include insufficient medical evidence, failure to meet the severity criteria, or errors in the application.

3. Comprehensive Medical Documentation is Key

Insufficient medical evidence is a frequent cause of denial. Disability Advocates Group emphasizes the importance of working closely with healthcare providers to compile a thorough record of your scleroderma. This should include diagnostic tests, treatment 

4. Highlighting Functional Limitations Caused by Scleroderma

A successful hearing often hinges on clearly communicating the functional limitations imposed by scleroderma. Disability Advocates Group recommends detailing how the disease affects your ability to perform specific tasks, maintain focus, or engage in regular activities. This information, when backed by medical documentation, strengthens the case for SSDI or SSI approval.

5. Seeking Legal Representation for Scleroderma Hearings

Navigating the SSDI or SSI hearings for scleroderma can be complex. Disability Advocates Group stresses the importance of seeking legal assistance. Our skilled attorneys have a profound understanding of the intricacies of scleroderma-related disability claims. They can help gather relevant evidence, ensure the appeal is timely filed, and provide legal representation at hearings.

6. Preparing for the Actual Hearing

Disability Advocates Group prepares applicants for what to expect at their SSI or SSDI hearing. This includes understanding the role of the Administrative Law Judge, presenting testimony, and addressing any questions about scleroderma and its impact. A well-prepared presentation is crucial in securing a favorable outcome.


Facing a hearing for SSDI or SSI benefits due to scleroderma can be challenging.  Disability Advocates Group is here to guide individuals through the hearing process, providing the expertise needed to navigate the complexities of scleroderma-related claims. With comprehensive medical documentation, a focus on functional limitations, and the support of a skilled attorney, applicants can significantly enhance their chances of a successful hearing. Contact Disability Advocates Group today for personalized assistance on your journey to securing the benefits you deserve after a scleroderma diagnosis.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.