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Social Security Disability Benefits for Arthritis

Social Security Disability Benefits for Arthritis

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked the question, how can I win Social Security Disability Benefits for Arthritis? In this video, Sharon Christie examines this question and helps provide answers to what you should do in order to win Social Security Disability Benefits for Arthritis.

Official Transcript: Social Security Disability Benefits for Arthritis

Hi I’m Sharon Christie your nurse attorney for Social Security disability benefits. I represent a lot of clients with arthritis and frequently am asked whether arthritis can be a basis for a disability claim. So, let’s talk about that. I have clients who have rheumatoid arthritis I have other clients who have osteoarthritis. Whether their condition is going to be a basis for a disability claim depends on how severe the condition is, and how much it affects them day to day. 

So for example what I frequently see with arthritis problems people may have difficulty moving their hands. They may have trouble with fine movement. They may have very swollen and painful joints that affects your ability to pick things up. Like you might have difficulty picking a penny up off of a table or trying to open a jar. Your grip strength might be very limited because of the arthritis. 

Your hand movement might be limited, you may not be able to make a fist because your joints are so stiff. You may have trouble that affects your knees I see that a lot bad arthritis affecting somebody’s knees making it very difficult to walk. You might need a cane or a walker. You may have great difficulty getting up and down stairs you may have trouble sitting. Even with sitting you may have pain in your knees; because of the pain whether it’s in your knees or your feet your hands or any other joint that you have it can be affected by arthritis. 

You may need to take some pain medicine, it could be strong medicine and you have side effects from it so you might control the pain somewhat with your pain medication, but the pain medication makes you very drowsy or it may make your mind a little foggy. It’s hard to concentrate sometimes. I have clients that complain the medicine makes them dizzy and so they’re not able to move around very much because of the dizziness. 

Those are all factors that will be considered in a disability. So, you can see by what I’m telling you, what I’m describing that it all depends on how your arthritis affects you and how it’s going to affect your day-to-day activities. Which then will be evaluated to see well how would that affect you if you were on the job. How would that affect you doing any kind of simple job? Even a sit-down desk job and it might be a kind of job you’ve not done before but Social Security is still going to look at whether you could do that kind of job. So, that’s how your case will be evaluated.

If you need more information go to my website www.sharonchristielaw.com or call my office at 800-218-7062. Thanks for listening.

The Path to Social Security Disability Benefits with Sharon Christie Law

Step 1: Understanding Social Security’s Definition of Disabled

The definition of disabled, according to Social Security, is that you have severe limitations from your health problems that keep you from doing any kind of work for at least 12 consecutive months. This is the first thing we look at when evaluating your case. Your diagnosis is just the starting point. To get disability benefits for you, we must prove that your disabling condition causes severe limitations in your day to day activities.

Step 2: Medical Records in Your Disability Case

You must have medical evidence to prove your disability case. The most important evidence is your medical records that show your diagnosis, your symptoms, and your response to treatment.

Step 3: Don’t go it alone: How Sharon Christie Law Can Help You

At Sharon Christie Law, a Social Security Disability Law Firm, we recognize that no one ever plans to get so sick that they have to stop working. When you need to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits we recognize that you will be anxious about the process and whether you can qualify for disability benefits. Our goal at Sharon Christie Law is to help you win your case and give you the financial stability you need! Why work with us?

We do it all for you: At Sharon Christie Law we handle all aspects of the case for you, from preparing and filing your application through the hearing with a judge. We are with you every step of the way.  When working with us, you focus on feeling better, and we focus on winning your case.

We return your phone calls: We understand that you have many questions regarding Social Security Disability Benefits. We never want you to wonder what is happening with your case. We are here to answer your questions. All phone calls and emails are returned within 24 hours. That is our promise to you.

We believe in client education: The Social Security Disability process is confusing. We think it is important that you understand each step in the process. So, we created a section on our website that is accessible only to clients. This client’s only section tells you everything you need to know about the disability process.