Osteoarthritis and Getting Social Security Disability Benefits

Osteoarthritis and Disability Benefits

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.

How 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 any work activities will be affected, 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 attorney file your claim makes you 2x more likely to win benefits on your first try. Those who qualify for legal assistance through this website typically get $10,000 in lump-sum backpay as well as monthly benefits. We can connect you with an experienced Social Security attorney or advocate for a free consultation before filing your claim. To see if you may qualify for free legal assistance with your claim, click the button below now.

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