Does Arthritis Qualify An Individual For Social Security Disability Benefits?

by Staff | May 22nd, 2013

May 22, 2013

When a person suffers from a condition or injury that leaves them facing the inability to work for more than a year, they may qualify to receive Social Security Disability Benefits. Many citizens wonder which particular conditions or injuries qualify for such assistance though.

Data indicates that trends in claims tend to show that one of the most common conditions being addressed today is pain from arthritis. The Social Security Administration lists the condition as an autoimmune disorder, because the condition is caused by a lack of antibodies that can battle inflammation of the joints.

In order for an individual to file a claim for Social Security Disability Benefits due to inflammatory arthritis, the patient must have a “persistent deformity” of one or more weight bearing joints that allows the patient to move. Approval is also given for patients who suffer such a condition in one or more joints in the upper body that prevents the patient from effectively performing fine motor movements.

If a patient has two or more body or organ systems that are at least moderately unable to function due to inflammation or suffer certain other conditions as a result of their arthritis, an award may be given as well.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, and Newlin acknowledge how complicated the process of approval for disability benefits can be. The firm suggests discussing your legal rights with an attorney before beginning the application process for such benefits.

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