Osteoarthritis is listed on the Social Security Administration’s list of approved disabilities. Before we go into that though, we need to make sure we are talking about the same thing. Osteoarthritis is caused by injury, obesity or old age. You probably have an idea as to whether you would or would not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits based on your disability. If you are unable to walk or walk well, have pain and discomfort when walking, then holding down a job would be extremely difficult. If you have difficulty holding onto objects, moving your arms or turning your head, then these can also be limiting factors that prevent you from being able to perform a job efficiently.
Does Osteoarthritis Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Generally, you may qualify for SSDI if osteoarthritis:
- In a major joint in a lower extremity is causing severe pain and discomfort
- Limits your daily activities, maintaining social functioning, or
- Limits the completion of a task in a timely manner.
The same thing applies for arthritis in the neck, hands, elbows or basically any part of your body above the waist. If the arthritis is severe to the point that it limits your ability to work, then you may qualify for SSDI.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
If you’re unable to work for one year due to chronic pain, you should definitely apply for SSDI benefits. Having an experienced disability attorney file your claim triples your odds of benefit approval right away. We can connect you with an experienced Social Security attorney or advocate for a free consultation before filing your claim.
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Megan Kelly is a former blogger and copywriter for LeadingResponse.