Learn How Easy it is to get Social Security Disability Benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that can affect the entire body and it is caused by an abnormality in your immune system. One of the common characteristics of rheumatoid arthritis is inflammation of the lining of your joints. That will cause pain, stiffness, redness and even swelling.
The inflamed joint lining which is called a synovium, will release enzymes into the joint space that over time will digest the bone and cartilage. That will cause your joint to lose your shape, alignment and function. It commonly results in joint pain and deformity of the joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that can have active flare-ups and remissions.
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect joints in your hands, wrists, feet, knees, ankles, shoulders and even elbows.
The Social Security Administration has, in its blue book, a listing for rheumatoid arthritis, if your medical records establish that your rheumatoid arthritis meets a listing, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. If, on the other hand, your rheumatoid arthritis condition does not meet “a listing”, don’t give up. That does mean defeat!
At steps four and five of the five step sequential evaluation, the Social Security Administration will determine whether or not you can return to the lightest job that you have held in the last 15 years. And, if not, whether “you can engage in other work.”
Many rheumatoid arthritis cases are based on the medical, vocational allowance at steps four and five by showing that you have significant loss of range of motion, pain and loss of function of the effective joint.
If your doctor has told you that you are unable to work as a result of rheumatoid arthritis, apply for Social Security Disability benefits immediately. If you claim for Social Security Disability benefits based on rheumatoid arthritis has been denied, appeal immediately and contact an experienced rheumatoid arthritis, Social Security Disability attorney such as Cavey and Barrett. Give us a call today to discuss your claim for benefits.