by Brad Myler
If you suffer from severe arthritis, it’s possible that you may qualify to apply for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. However, before you start your SSI application, there are a few things that you will need to determine.
First, you and your doctor will need to determine whether or not your arthritis will prevent you from working for 12 months or longer. Disabilities that aren’t expected to last for at least 12 months will not qualify for disability benefits.
Assuming that your arthritis is severe enough to prevent you from working performing your current job for at least 12 months, you will then need to determine if you could possibly perform a different job instead. If you feel like your arthritis will prevent you from performing any job for which you could qualify, then you may have a good claim.
However, there is one last step you will need to address before you apply: documentation. The SSA is going to request evidence, both medical records as well as your own personal records, that shows a history of swelling, tenderness, and joint pain in the areas affected by your arthritis. You will need to describe the frequency and severity of the pain, and explain how this impacts both your day-to-day life and how it prevents you from working.
While many other elements may come into play, these are the key areas to keep in mind. If you are still unsure as to whether or not you might qualify for arthritis disability benefits, we can help! Our advocates can work with you to determine if you have a good case, and if so we can help with the application process.
If an appeal is necessary and your case qualifies, we may also be able to represent you at any necessary hearings. To learn more, simply fill out the short form on the right, or call the number at the top of this page, and our advocates will help you with the next steps.
For further SSI help or information on SSI back pay, contact Myler Disability Advocates.