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Can you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance with arthritis?

On Behalf of | May 10, 2021 | Social Security Disability

There are dozens of medical conditions that may help someone qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, for example, are all conditions that can be disabling and leave someone in a position where they need help and support through the SSD benefits system.

One of the most frustrating conditions to live with is arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis is included in the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments.

The Social Security Administration recognizes inflammatory arthritis

The Social Security Administration knows that inflammatory arthritis can be disfiguring and painful. This condition may result in a persistent deformity or inflammatory of a joint in the upper or lower body.

Though there are anti-inflammatory medications and treatments available, not all people can take them or benefit from them. As a result, their arthritis may progress and become disabling.

How do you get compensation when you can’t work because of arthritis?

If you cannot work because of your condition, then you will need to show the Social Security Administration that the illness will prevent you from working for at least 12 months. You’ll need to build up evidence of having this condition and evidence to show how it impacts you in your day-to-day life.

For example, you’ll need to show a documented medical need for a walker, canes or a wheelchair if you have arthritis in the lower body. You may need to show two of the constitutional signs of arthritis as well, such as involuntary weight loss or fatigue.

Certain types of arthritis and arthritis-like conditions are also recognized by the SSA, so it’s a good idea to take a look at the qualifying impairments and what you need to prove to seek compensation.

Getting help with Social Security Disability benefits

Many people find that they need help with SSDI benefits, because it can be difficult to gather all the documentation needed and to qualify. Even a single mistake on the application could delay approval. Your attorney can work with you to gather evidence, help you fill out the appropriate paperwork and prepare your medical documentation for the Social Security Administration, so you have the best chance at an approved claim for arthritis.