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Arthritis can be a very debilitating condition with effects such as intense pain and the swelling of joints that impedes your ability to enjoy hobbies or work effectively.
The Center for Disease Control found that nearly 1 in 10 adult Americans experience the limiting of activities due to the effects of arthritis.
In the case that your arthritis is impacting your capacity to work, then your best option to ensure your financial security may be the benefits you’re entitled to through Social Security Disability.
It is important to remember that you will need to meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for and receive your Social Security Disability Benefits.
For help obtaining Social Security disability for arthritis in Michigan, call Social Security Counseling Center today: (248) 281-4247.
How can I meet the qualifications for Social Security benefits?
Your first order of business is to prove that you are unable to effectively take part in a SGA or Substantial Gainful activity. An SGA means that you participate in any work in which you earn $1,170 or more per month.
Next the SSA needs evidence that shows that your impairment is inhibiting your ability to work. The SSA provides a list of conditions that impair your ability to work you will need to have one of these conditions in order to qualify.
Do not worry if you do not fit into their requirements, it is possible to prove your disability in other ways and get you the benefits you need to secure your financial future.
The process of applying and receiving your benefits can be arduous, confusing and time consuming and it is highly recommended that you have legal representation to help determine if you qualify and prove your condition to the SSA.
Is my arthritis a disability according to the Social Security Administration?
While Arthritis itself may not be considered a disabling impairment there are several other impairments that qualify and may be attached to your symptoms of Arthritis. Impairments such as:
Listing 1.02: Joint Dysfunction
This listing states that your particular case of Arthritis will have to severely impact your capacity to stand, walk or your motor skills.
Listing 1.03: Surgery of a Weight-Bearing Joint
Under this listing you may qualify if your Arthritis has forced you to have reconstructive or fusion surgery on your hip or knee and suffer from decreased mobility. This state of decreased mobility must last for at least a year or you are expected to need assisted walking for at least a year.
Listing 1.04 – Disorders of the Spine
In order to qualify for benefits with a spine related Impairment you must show that you suffer from one of the conditions listed below.
- A compromised or compressed nerve root
- Spinal arachnoiditis
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
Listing 14.09 – Inflammatory Arthritis
This listing details several symptoms that appear frequently with reactive, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis.
In order to qualify for inflammatory arthritis you must give evidence that you experience one of the symptoms below.
- The loss of gross or fine motor skills brought on by the inflammation or deformity in a joint.
- At least two body systems with inflamed or deformed joints as well as the related disease.
- Decreased mobility due to bone fusion (ankylosing spondylitis)
What other options do I have if my condition does not meet one of these listings?
In the case that your condition does not fit into one of the SSA’s listings, they will assign a case reviewer in order to dig deeper into your case. You will need to provide the reviewer with several pieces of evidence that help to determine the impact your condition has on your life.
Some examples of the evidence you will need to provide are:
- Your physical condition
- Any limitations caused by your condition
- Your age
- Your past work experience and any transferable skills
- Your education
- As well as the evidence you will need to provide a Residual Functional Capacity or RFC form. This form will be filled out by your doctor and will detail abilities you still possess and how you have been limited by your Arthritis.
In order for your doctor to fill out this form and accurately calculate your RFC rating they will ask you to perform several simple tasks such as standing, walking, sitting, etc… as well as several tasks requiring your motor skills.
Are there any other criteria I must meet?
The further criteria that you need to meet will depend on whether you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.
You will need a defined number of work credits in order to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance that the SSA determines for your age.
In the case that you haven’t worked enough to qualify it is still possible to apply for Supplemental Security Income though you will need to have low income and few assets.
At Social Security Counseling Center, we help clients secure their Social Security Disability or Supplemental Income Benefits.
No matter if you are applying for the first time, struggling to collect the necessary evidence or appealing a denial for benefits, we can give you the support and advice you need to secure the income you deserve.
We have decades of experience helping Michigan residents got the benefits they need.
We know what the SSA is looking for on your disability application and we will make sure you have it. If you receive a denial, we use our experience with the Social Security system and the appeals process to ensure you get the benefits you need.