How to Get SSDI Payments for Arthritis

Arthritis and Social Security Disability Claims

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are programs designed to be a safety net for people who are unable to work due to illness or injury. The problem is that the process of obtaining the benefits of these programs can be extremely difficult and complicated.

To qualify for Social Security benefits, you need to have an illness or injury that renders you "disabled." According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), disability means that your condition renders you unable to work and has lasted at least a year, is expected to last for at least a year, or is expected to result in death. The SSA considers arthritis a qualifying medical condition when it is involves any of the following:

  • Persistent inflammation or deformity of a major peripheral weight-bearing joint, which makes it difficult to walk, or of a major peripheral joint in the upper extremity, making it impossible to perform fine and gross motor functions effectively
  • Inflammation or deformity of a major peripheral joint with involvement of one or more organs/body systems involved to a moderate level of severity or greater, accompanied by at least two of the following: severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss
  • Ankylosing spondylitis or other spondyloarthropathies, accompanied by either ankylosis (fixation) of the dorsolumbar or cervical spine measured on physical examination at 45 degrees or more of flexion from the vertical position (zero degrees); or measured by 30 degrees or more of flexion (but less than 45 degrees) measured from the vertical position with one of the organ/body systems involved to at least a moderate degree
  • Repeated manifestations of inflammatory arthritis with at least two of the following: severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss, and a marked limitation of activities of daily living, limitation in maintaining social functioning, or limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner due to decreasing concentration, persistence or pace

As you can see, the SSA has rigorous medical standards for arthritis disability. Most SSDI and SSI claims are denied the first time, in large part because the initial applications do not follow the SSA's terminology. Many people who are clearly disabled by any standard and who should qualify for these benefits have their claims denied simply because they didn't use the right technical language.

At Adler Stilman, PLLC, we can help you obtain the benefits you need. With more than 45 combined years of experience, our Detroit Social Security attorneys know how to get SSDI payments for arthritis.

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