Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. Attorneys at Law

Arthritis, Social Security and your rights as a disabled worker

Arthritis is a type of disorder that does not receive a lot of attention, mostly because it is unseen and generally thought of as a minor condition. While many cases of arthritis are minor and managed rather easily, millions of Americans deal with side effects that are both painful and debilitating. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than one in five people have a diagnosis of arthritis, and many of these have severe cases.

This type of medical condition, while not visible, is very real and very painful. In fact, arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the country. You may be one of the many Alabama residents who are unable to work due to the painful effects of arthritis, but you could have a valid claim to disability benefits.

Facts about this type of condition

If you are unable to work due to arthritis, you are not alone. More than 50 million adults have a case of arthritis diagnosed by a doctor, approximately one in five people. Other important facts about this disease include:

  • There are various types of arthritis.
  • The most common type is osteoarthritis.
  • One-third of people with arthritis have limitations at work.
  • Arthritis is one of the top five most costly medical conditions.

Despite the prevalence of this type of disorder, each case is unique. The effects that you face could be much different from those experienced by another person with the same condition. Individual medical care is a key component to living life with arthritis.

Your ability to work

Every year, people with arthritis walk away from their jobs or are forced to change employment because of their conditions. Estimates suggest that adults with arthritis and other similar rheumatic conditions miss more work than adults dealing with other types of chronic medical issues. This illness can cost your job, your income, your ability to do every day activities and more.

If you are unable to work due to this type of illness, you could have a valid claim to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. If you cannot earn a living because of pain or illness, you may file a claim for SSDI benefits if you meet the following conditions:

  • You have a valid work history.
  • You have a medical condition that prevents you from working and the condition will continue for at least one year.

Seeking disability benefits is never an easy process, and you will find great benefit in securing the help of an experienced attorney as you work for the support you deserve. Arthritis may keep you from working, but you do not have to navigate the legal complications of your situation alone.

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