Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Inflammatory arthritis and SSD benefits

Many New Yorkers struggle with some sort of arthritis. This disease, which can cause severe pain in the joints, can have an impact on an individual's daily life. Things that were once easy to do may become difficult or even impossible to accomplish. The seemingly ever-present pain can be too much to bare. For some individuals, their arthritis is so severe that it impacts their ability to work. When this is the case, it may be wise to consider pursuing Social Security disability benefits, as that may be the only way for an individual to recover the compensation he or she needs to find financial stability.

In order to obtain SSD benefits, though, one must meet certain federal requirements under identified medical conditions. One of those conditions is inflammatory arthritis. Those who suffer from this condition may qualify for SSD benefits if they can show one of four things. First, if inflammation or deformity of a weight-bearing joint or one of the major joints in the upper body is persistent and causes significant limitation in movement, then an individual may qualify for benefits.

Second, if the arthritis affects two or more organs or body systems, resulting in two identified symptoms that include fatigue, weight loss and fever, benefits may be obtained. The third way an individual may qualify for SSD benefit is if he or she suffers from Ankylosing spondylitis, and the fourth way to qualify involves repeated bouts of inflammatory arthritis that essentially causes a significant effect on one's life.

Of course, this is just a very general overview of this particular issue. The specifics can be much more complicated, which is why it is often best to discuss these matters with skilled legal professionals who may be able to provide guidance and legal strategies to reach a favorable outcome.

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