Living with osteoarthritis can be extremely difficult. In addition to the frequent pain, it can be hard to move around, which limits your ability to work. If you suffer from this condition and are having trouble supporting yourself, you may be wondering if you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Find out how you can apply for these benefits and learn why you may need help from an experienced disability attorney.
Symptoms of this Condition
If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, it’s likely you will suffer from a variety of symptoms that will make it difficult for you to live your life as you wish. For example, many people with this ailment suffer back problems that drastically impact their mobility and quality of life. Joint dysfunction throughout the body is another common symptom of this disease.
Any of these symptoms can limit your ability to find gainful employment, which is why so many people choose to apply for osteoarthritis disability. However, this process is complicated and often results in a rejected application.
How to Receive Benefits
If you’re interested in applying for disability for osteoarthritis, you will need to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that your condition has resulted in a reduced functional capacity (RFA). Essentially, this means that your arthritis has impacted your physical ability and requires frequent medical treatments. You will need to prove an RFA if your condition isn’t listed in the SSA Blue Book.
A great deal of documentation is required to prove an RFA. You will need your doctor to describe your diagnoses, symptoms, and treatment and then provide this information to the SSA. Hopefully, after receiving this documentation, your SSDI or SSI benefits will be approved.
Get Legal Help
When applying for SSI or SSDI, it’s possible that your application will be rejected, and if this occurs, you need to fight for your benefits with help from Daniel Berger, Attorney at Law. Daniel Berger and his legal team understand the complex New York disability rules and can help you fight for the benefits you need.