According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is often referred to as if it were a single disease, but arthritis is actually a term used to describe more than 100 medical conditions. All of these medical conditions affect the joints and can cause pain, stiffness, inflammation, and cartilage damage. However, joint issues are not the extent of the problem for everyone.
Many types of arthritis are classified as systemic, which means they can affect the entire body. Arthritis-related conditions usually affect the muscles and bones, but can cause damage to any body system or organ. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis and typically affects people who are over age 60. Arthritis not only affects elderly people—it can begin at birth or during young adulthood, making many people potentially eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
People with arthritis who are unable to maintain a full-time job may qualify for SSD benefits, but filing a successful application without legal assistance can be challenging. Let one of our attorneys help maximize your chances of receiving approval from the SSA.
The SSA considers inflammatory arthritis an immune system disorder. As such, it is classified with other conditions that may result in recurrent and unusual infections, or inflammation and dysfunction of the body’s own tissues.
Inflammatory arthritis is evaluated by the SSA under four conditions:
Arthritis is a painful condition that affects the joints, making it difficult to perform the tasks required in most jobs—including light office work. If you have arthritis, it may be impossible for you to work and earn a living. The SSA can provide benefits to cover your living expenses, but qualifying for SSD with arthritis without an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side can be difficult.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we know how to navigate the SSA’s approval system and get clients like you the benefits they deserve. Best of all, we don’t charge any upfront fees for our services. Contact our firm. We’re ready to fight for you.
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