Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis and some find their arthritis to be so severe that they can no longer work. However, they may be intimidated by the process of filing for Social Security Disability and might be afraid that they will be denied. With the help of a Social Security Disability lawyer, you can find out what to expect.
Where Does Arthritis Come From?
There are two types of arthritis. One type, rheumatoid arthritis, is an auto-immune disorder that affects the lining of your joints. Another form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, develops over time as your joints wear out.
Does Arthritis Qualify as a Disability?
To determine if you might qualify for disability, you will need to determine whether you are engaging in substantial gainful activity. If you are earning too much money, you may not be considered disabled even if you are experiencing great pain due to your arthritis.
The impairment must be so severe that it prevents you from working. Also, the condition must be expected to last for longer than 12 months. Because arthritis is a chronic condition, you may be able to qualify under these grounds.
You'll be much more likely to qualify if your condition is a listed impairment. Fortunately, arthritis is listed under the musculoskeletal body system category and is therefore considered a disability.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) looks at how the condition impairs your ability to work. You might struggle to grasp small objects, walk up the stairs, stand, sit, hold your arms up or lift heavier weights. Depending on the demands of the industry you work in, your debilitating condition may make it impossible to remain in your current career.
Will I Be Approved?
Even though arthritis makes you qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), many qualified applicants fail to receive approval for Social Security. Your doctor might fill out an RFC form that will show your ability to function with an impairment. However, if you do not include necessary files or if you do not present your case in the most persuasive light, your claim is more likely to be denied.
For this reason, you'll want to speak to an SSDI lawyer before you apply for benefits. If your claim is rejected, which is the case most of the time, you can still appeal the rejection and your appeal will be more likely to succeed if you listen to the advice of an attorney.