Can I qualify for Disability with Arthritis?

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Arthritis and SSDI

Category: Disability Law

Arthritis is a degenerative disorder which affects many people. In fact, in the United States 23% of people suffer from arthritis. That’s 54 millions people. Arthritis can affect the sufferer to various degrees. Most people take medicine for their arthritis and are able to cope. But for a minority of arthritis sufferers, it is overwhelming and they find that they are unable to complete ordinary daily tasks, much less workplace ones.

Generally speaking, SSDI was created to help people who are disabled and cannot earn money because of their disability. To be approved for SSDI a person must be medically unable to work for a minimum of a 12 month period.

Arthritis is Listed in the SSA Blue Book

SSA’s listing impairments has a condition called Inflammatory Arthritis under its section on Immune System Disorders. You may want to make yourself familiar with this section. Under its provisions it lists arthritis which affects:

  1. Weight-baring joints
  2.  Peripheral joints used in executing fine movements
  3. Joints that impact bodily organs or systems

Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) Assessment:

If the above criteria do not explicitly apply to you then you may be approved through a RFC test which will assess if you are able to perform the duties of your profession.

In All Cases

With SSDI applications it is necessary that you have documented proof of your condition and that the Doctor provides you with information of every visit regarding the matter at hand and the diagnosis as well as any treatment prescribed.

Proving your case sounds easy enough but having the proper guidance doing so is very important. That’s where an attorney specializing in these matters comes in handy. They usually don’t get paid unless you get approved.


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