With only about 30% of Social Security disability claims being approved each year, it can be difficult to remain hopeful about your claim. Having an experienced, dedicated disability attorney on your side is the first step to a favorable outcome.
Does Arthritis Qualify For Disability?
In short, yes, a certain type of arthritis can qualify for disability benefits, IF the claimant meets all the necessary requirements set forth by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or inflammatory arthritis, is classified as an immune system disorder in the SSA’s Blue Book. Osteoarthritis is not listed by name as a disability, but the symptoms may qualify under musculoskeletal disorders.
How To Qualify for Disability for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Once you have legal support to assist with the initial application process, or to file an appeal, the chances of approval greatly increase. Our disability attorneys have the specific skills needed to navigate the system, and to ensure claims are submitted with sufficient supporting evidence.
When gathering evidence for an arthritis claim, it is imperative to be thorough and conclusive. We will review the medical records and other documentation you already have, and explain what else is needed in order to qualify for SSDI. Often this entails more letters from other doctors, further lab work, or copies of items from past medical history.
When the SSA is evaluating a disability claim, they look for fully completed applications, sufficient proof, and the following two items.
Have You Paid Into Social Security?
If you have worked for any extended period of time, and a portion of your income was taken out for Social Security, you have earned work credit. This means you have earned the right to receive benefits if the required conditions are met. If you have not yet earned enough work credit, you may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Are You Able to Work Gainfully?
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disorder that essentially causes the body to fight itself, resulting in excessive swelling, redness, and severe pain. Symptoms typically become so severe the individual is unable to work, or even perform simple tasks like hold a coffee cup or walk to the restroom without assistance.
If your RA is so severe that it affects your ability to work, and your doctor has said you will not be able to work for at least a period of one year, you will likely qualify for disability benefits if proof is sufficient.
How Much Does Disability Pay With Arthritis?
Once approved for SSDI benefits, the payment amount is figured based on your average lifetime earnings. The amount paid is not based on the severity of your disability. Currently, everyone who has paid into Social Security, receives an annual statement of benefits that reflect what you would earn should you become disabled. It also includes estimated survivor benefits as well as potential retirement benefits.
The North Carolina Social Security disability lawyers at Collins Price are fully versed in the world in SS and disability law. We have the experience to proficiently and successfully handle your case with the personal care and attention it deserves. Call today to schedule your free consultation.