Fournier’s Gangrene and Getting Social Security Disability

Can I get Social Security Disability for Fournier’s gangrene? If this is something you want to know, it is probably because you have this disease, and complications resulting from the disease and/or an underlying, condition along with the disease have caused you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance.

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Gangrene is a medical term referring to decay and death that occurs to an area of your body. Gangrene may occur in any part of your body. However, it usually develops in your toes, feet, hands and fingers.

There are different forms of gangrene. These include:

Wet gangrene
Dry gangrene
Internal gangrene
Gas gangrene.

Fournier’s gangrene is a bacterial infection of your skin. The disease affects your genitals and perineum. The perineum is the area between your anus and vulva in women and between your anus and scrotum in men.

While Fournier’s gangrene is not a common disease, how often the disease occurs is unknown. It is known that men have this disease 10 times more often than women. The ones most likely to have Fournier’s disease are men between the ages of 60 and 80, who have a predisposing condition.

In the initial stages of Fournier’s gangrene, the signs and symptoms may not be an indication of how serious the disease is. As the disease advances, your pain may actually become less severe. However, the signs and symptoms are progressive. Possible signs and symptoms are:

Skin that is spongy to the touch
Pus that weeps from injury
A bad odor
Redness of the affected skin
Genital pain that increases
Dead and gray-black (discolored) tissue
Lethargy (fever and drowsiness)
Severe genital pain that includes tenderness and swelling of your penis and scrotum.

Fournier’s gangrene results from a bacterial infection. Usually, this happens as a result of some type of wound in your colorectal area or perineum.

Any existing immune system deficiencies that you already have will help to quickly spread the infection. The result is the formation of a disease that destroys your affected skin.

Band of tissue

It also destroys your superficial and deep fascia. Fascia is a flat band of tissue below your skin that covers underlying tissues and separates different layers of tissue. Fascia also encloses muscles.

Once again, you may have Fournier’s gangrene. Complications resulting from the disease and/or an underlying, ailment along with the disease are the reasons why you are disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance.

You may be intending to apply for the financial assistance that you need by applying for Social Security Disability from the Social Security Administration. You may have already done this and been denied.

Important fact

If this is the case, and you are planning on reapplying or appealing your denial, here is an important fact that you need to carefully consider. Claimants who have a disability attorney fighting for them like the one at disabilitycasereview.com, are approved more often than people without a disability attorney on their side.

The right thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at disabilitycasereview.com, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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