You may know that individuals who are unable to work due to a medical condition could be qualified to receive disability benefits, but you may not realize that this could apply to people with arthritis as well. Arthritis is a relatively common medical condition, and yet it is quite common for people with serious cases to find that they are unable to work due to pain and limitations.
If you are struggling with arthritis, and you are no longer able to hold gainful employment, it may be appropriate to move forward with a claim for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. However, even with a qualifying medical condition and completed claim, it is not easy to actually obtain the benefits you deserve.
A misunderstood condition
Many Florida residents misunderstand arthritis simply because it is an unseen condition. Just because one person has a case easily managed by medication does not mean that yours will be as easy to deal with. In fact, you could have a case severe enough to impact your ability to hold gainful employment. Some of the facts about this disease may surprise you:
- Over 50 million adults have an officially diagnosed case of arthritis.
- Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
- Approximately one-third of people with arthritis have limitations in the work they are able to do.
- More people miss days from work due to arthritis and other rheumatic conditions than for any other medical condition.
- Arthritis is one of the most expensive medical conditions to treat.
The economic impact of a serious case of arthritis can be significant. You may not be able to work or earn enough to support yourself or your family, and medical bills can be exorbitantly expensive. You may not only have a rightful claim to these benefits, you may desperately need them for your financial well-being and stability.
How can you fight for benefits?
Securing disability benefits can be a long, arduous process. You may find that your claim comes back denied or there are other unnecessary delays. In order to give yourself a higher chance of a successful claim and get the benefits you need faster, you may find it beneficial to reach out for help from the very beginning of the application process.
If you cannot work because of a debilitating case of arthritis, you have the right to financial support and a full understanding of your legal options for the claims process.