Are there any benefits I can get for endometriosis caused by hair relaxers?

While endometriosis is rarely seen as a disability, if the woman is unable to work or earn a living because of the symptoms, she may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. Endometriosis symptoms can severely impact a woman’s life.

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Benefits can offset lost income and help cover the expenses associated with everyday living

Firstly, before explaining how a woman struggling with severe endometriosis from using toxic hair relaxers can obtain disability benefits, it is important to define what the Social Security Administration defines as a disability. A person is considered disabled if they meet the following criteria:

  • the person has a physical or mental condition that prevents them from working
  • the person’s condition has lasted or is expected to last at least one year

Because the definition excludes any minor or short-term impairments, if you have endometriosis but can still work and earn a living, you will not be eligible for disability benefits. However, if you meet the criteria, you may be eligible for two programs:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance
  • Supplemental Security Income

While the former is intended to provide financial assistance to disabled workers and their family members, the latter is meant to provide financial assistance to disabled individuals of all ages who earn a very limited income. The Social Security Disability Insurance program is suitable for women with extensive employment history, whereas the Supplemental Security Income program is suitable for young adults who do not have the work experience to qualify for the first.

To determine someone's medical eligibility, the Social Security Administration refers to the Blue Book, a guide of disabling conditions and symptoms that qualify a person for disability benefits. However, endometriosis is not in the Blue Book. Still, a woman with endometriosis may be able to qualify under a medical vocational allowance. This means that the Social Security Administration and Disability Determination Services will assess the following to determine if you are capable of working:

  • your age
  • your functional limitations
  • any past employment

This is done using the Residual Functional Capacity assessment, which you and your doctor should complete. If it is determined that you cannot work, the Social Security Administration will likely approve your application for disability benefits. On the other hand, if it is determined that you can work, the Social Security Administration will deny your application and offer you alternative work suggestions.

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If you have been using hair relaxers and now have endometriosis, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm, as we can help you find out whether you are entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturers. The only documents necessary are your medical records with your diagnosis and proof of using chemical hair relaxes in the form of receipts or hair salon bills. Our skilled attorneys, who have over 30 years of professional experience, will carefully review your case.

Eligible women will have their claim filed with all the liable companies to obtain the maximum compensation they might qualify for. If you are in too much pain to participate in the legal process, a trusted family member can help you navigate it, and our compassionate team will also ease it for you, taking care of the most complex aspects on your behalf. We will go to great lengths to obtain the most favorable outcome for your case.

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