If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, then you know about pain and discomfort. You may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if symptoms from your rheumatoid arthritis are severe enough that you are unable to work full-time on a continuing basis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a physical disability. It causes chronic inflammation that affects not only the joints (hands, feet, knees, ankles, hips, shoulders) but also the body’s organs, including the eyes, lungs, skin, and heart and blood vessels. Doctors consider it an autoimmune disorder because it occurs when your immunte system attacks your body’s own tissues.

Rheumatoid arthritis is not the same as osteoarthritis. It affects your joints inner lining, which can cause swelling and result in bone loss and joint deformity.

If you have severe rheumatoid arthritis that prevents you from working, you may qualify for SSD. These benefits are important – they can help you weather the financial storm caused by your inability to work due to pain, inflammation, and limited range of motion.

Unfortunately the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies many initial applications for SSD and SSI. We have noticed an increase in the number of denials over the past few years, presumably because of political pressure to deny claims. Many of those denied at the initial and reconsideration levels should have been awarded.

Richmond Social Security Disability lawyer and Newport News VA Disability attorney Corey Pollard is here to help you fight for your benefits. Our firm has helped thousands of people deal with the SSD system – and win. We can help you apply for benefits and present your case at a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

Social Security Disability Eligibility Based on Rheumatoid Arthritis

The SSA has specific criteria for disability applications with rheumatoid arthritis, which is also referred to as inflammatory arthritis. Social Security’s medical listing for rheumatoid arthritis provides multiple ways to be found disabled by this condition. To qualify for benefits under the listing for RA, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Your RA is present in one of your legs, causing you difficulty walking. For example, you may require a cane, walker, or wheelchair.
  • Your RA affects joints in both of your arms, preventing your from performing tasks with your arms. Such tasks include reaching overhead, laterally, and straight ahead. You may also have to show difficulty with fine and gross dexterity with the hands.
  • You have inflammation or a permanent deformity in at least one joint, along with symptoms in two or more organs or body systems, causing fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss.
  • You have ankylosing spondylitis or spondyloarthropathy with fixation of your spine of at least 45 degrees. If you have fixation of your spine of at least 30 degrees, you can meet the listing if you  also have involvement of at least two or more body systems.
  • You have repeated RA flareups that limit your activities of daily living, social functioning, or ability to attend to and complete tasks.

Even if you do not meet the rheumatoid arthritis, you may still qualify for SSD or SSI if your RA keeps you from working full-time and has lasted for at least one year.

Was Your SSD Application Based on Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Denied? We Can Help

Trust our disability law firm to guide you through the Social Security claims process. We will answer your questions and do what we can to help you get the SSD benefits you need. We can also help you qualify for long term disability benefits if you have a policy in place.

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