Qualifying for Social Security Disability When You Have Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis – and it’s important to understand that almost all Americans will get osteoarthritis. The condition happens when the cartilage at the end of your bones deteriorates. To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits when you have osteoarthritis (and commonly, other medical conditions), you must prove that your osteoarthritis prevents you from working for a least one full year.
Osteoarthritis can cause stiffness and pain in your joints – especially as you age. If your symptoms have gotten so bad that you’re unable to work and expect that you’ll be out of work for at least a year, we can help you file a disability claim. We’ll work with you and any doctor or medical professional who has diagnosed you with osteoarthritis (along with other important health problems) to help build your disability claim.
First, we’ll need to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your osteoarthritis will keep you from working for at least 12 months. Medical documentation from doctors’ records is important for this.
If you can’t work because of your osteoarthritis and need help proving your disability claim to Social Security, call the Chicago disability attorneys at Nash Disability Law. The journey to getting disability benefits is usually complicated so don’t try to win benefits on your own. Let our attorneys help.
Does Your Osteoarthritis Prevent You From Performing Physical Labor?
If you have long had jobs that are physically demanding and include things like standing for long periods, bending, walking, lifting heavy items and pushing or pulling things, your osteoarthritis may make it impossible to work.
But to qualify for disability benefits, your medical records will need to show that your arthritis makes it impossible for you to continue working. All disability claims for arthritis are different and often complicated. If you need help with an arthritis disability claim, let our Chicago-area disability lawyers start you off with a free consultation.
Arthritis and Sedentary Work
If you have a sedentary job (a desk job, for example) and suffer from arthritis, it may affect your ability to sit or stand for long periods of time, spend long periods of time typing, filing and other job responsibilities.
Proving to the SSA that you can’t work a sedentary job because of your arthritis is a tougher task because the health problem is so common. That said, we have had countless cases where clients in sedentary jobs have qualified due to the symptoms of arthritis. Each case is different and will depend on your age, work history, important non-medical facts which come into play and the state of your medical records.
If you have osteoarthritis and can no longer work – whether in a sedentary or physical job – let the disability attorneys at Nash Disability Law help with your disability claim. Call us today at 312-443-0900 for a free consultation.