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I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis – Am I Entitled To Disability Benefits? Qualifying Through A Listing

The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases, regardless of the disability. Working with an experienced disability attorney ensures that a complete and accurate application is filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and that all relevant, supportive information, including medical evidence, is gathered in support of a prospective claimant’s application.

Rheumatoid arthritis, also known as RA, is an autoimmune disorder that results from the immune system attacking membranes surrounding their joints, causing inflammation. RA is most common in women, people between the ages of 40-60, smokers, and those with a family history of RA.

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include pain beginning in the joints of the hands and feet, in time soon followed by the warming, stiffening, and swelling of the joints. RA may also permanently deform the joints. Fatigue, fevers, weight loss, as well as rheumatoid nodules, which are bumps of tissue, are other symptoms of RA.

There is no cure nor test that may diagnose RA. Its likelihood may be shown through some blood tests. Treatments include lifestyle remedies, therapy, medications, and even surgery in serious, extreme cases.

Social Security has listing for “inflammatory arthritis” in its Blue Book. Applicants must have significant limitations in their abilities, these include:

  • significant difficulty walking (the need to use a cane, walker, or wheelchair);
  • the inability to perform many types of tasks with arms that involve large muscle movements and small manipulations;
  • inflammation or a permanent deformity in one or more major joints, along with moderate involvement of at least two more organs or body systems, causing at least two symptoms out of these four: severe fatigue, fever, malaise, and/or involuntary weight loss;
  • ankylosing spondylitis or another spondyloarthropathy, with fixation of the spine of at least 45 degrees;
  • ankylosing spondylitis or another spondyloarthropathy with fixation of the spine of at least 30 degrees, along with moderate involvement of at least two or more body systems; or
  • repeated flare-ups of RA with at least two of symptoms that cause limitations in activities of daily living, social functioning, or the ability to finish and complete tasks.

Taking advantage of the legal services offered by the Sullivan Law Office may be seamless and involve as little friction as possible. The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases. These include Social Security Disability, long-term disability, short-term disability, state retirement and workers’ compensation. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today. We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis - Am I Entitled To Disability Benefits? Qualifying Through Listing

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