Degenerative Joint Disease

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Joint Disease and Social Security Disability Claims

For many people who have suffered an illness or an injury that prevents them from working, the prospect of going through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) process can be daunting. The legal and medical processes are filled with technical language and requirements that are difficult to understand. It is essential to have experienced, reputable legal counsel to represent you and help you through this process.

At the Adler Firm, we have a wealth of experience helping clients who are disabled with joint problems like degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis. Our joint disability benefits attorneys have more than 30 years of experience with the medical and legal intricacies of the Social Security Disability process. Let us help you get the benefits you need. We represent disabled individuals in Detroit, Traverse City and across Michigan.

Qualifying for Social Security With Joint Disease

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a strict definition of “disability,” and only those who are considered disabled under the SSA’s definition will be eligible to receive benefits. For the case of joint degeneration, the SSA will consider cases where people suffer “major dysfunction of a joint(s) (due to any cause),” which must be characterized by:

  • Gross anatomical deformity
  • Chronic joint pain and stiffness
  • Limitations of motion or other abnormal motion that affects the joint(s)

This dysfunction of the joint, or joints, needs to be founded on appropriate medically acceptable imaging of joint space narrowing, bony destruction, or ankylosis of the affected joint(s). Further, to qualify you for benefits, these symptoms must be accompanied by either involvement of one major peripheral weight-bearing joint that renders you unable to walk effectively or involvement of a major peripheral joint that makes it impossible to perform fine and gross motor functions effectively.

Helping You Through the Process

When it comes to giving out benefits for joint issues, the demands of the SSA are complicated and severe. We have the experience with the medical and legal aspects of Social Security to make sure your initial application is filled out and timely filed exactly according to SSA specifications. We can handle the application, the filing, the hearings and any appeals that are necessary. Let us help you obtain the benefits you need.

Get Help from the Adler Firm, PLLC

Put our experience to work for you. We can help you make your case. To talk to a disease benefits lawyer at our Detroit or Traverse City office, call or contact us online.