Rheumatoid Arthritis and Disability Benefits
For a medical condition to support a claim for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits, it must be proved by strong evidence in your medical records. Unfortunately, ailments such as arthritis can be difficult to test or diagnose, even when the symptoms are debilitating. At the Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., we offer experienced supportive advocacy to help our clients document their disabilities and qualify for the benefits they need and deserve.
Arthritis can cause severe swelling, immobility, and pain. When you are unable to work due to arthritis, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Call us today at 1-866-498-9387 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced disability benefits attorney.
Eligibility for benefits
If you have any symptoms of arthritis, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. A positive rheumatoid factor blood test, redness or swelling are indicators of the presence of rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is most often confirmed by your doctor's clinical examination. Our attorneys are experienced in handling the complexity of Social Security disability cases involving arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis symptoms include:
- Redness and swelling
- Loss of full use of your hands or affected joints
- Soreness of joints: ankles, hips, wrists
- Fluid build up
- Contracted joints, such as fingers you cannot straighten
Medical treatment and documentation of your ailment
If you have symptoms of arthritis and are considering applying for Social Security disability benefits, it is important to begin documenting your symptoms and functional limitations as soon as possible. Ask your doctor to do testing and note his or her observations of abnormal conditions in your medical records. We advise our clients to take pictures of observable conditions like redness or swelling. It is also important to seek medical advice as soon as possible. Not only will you receive important medical treatment, but the visit will initiate the medical history you will need to prove your disability to the Social Security Administration. Doctors may also be able to diagnose arthritis through X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and other imaging techniques.
For more information or to schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation with a trusted SSDI and SSI lawyer serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the surrounding region, please contact us by e-mail or call us toll free at 1-866-498-9387.