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What should you do if you are unable to work due to arthritis?

It is frustrating and overwhelming to find yourself unable to care for your loved ones and keep a job because of a medical condition. In many cases, individuals who cannot work because of a debilitating illness or mental condition could have a valid claim to disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

You may not know it, but if you cannot work because of your severe case of arthritis, you could also be eligible for disability benefits. While it is a common condition, this illness can seriously diminish your ability to work. Arthritis is a qualifying medical condition, and you would be wise to find out how you can begin the application process for financial support.

What you may now know about arthritis 

Often overlooked because it is an internal condition and not visible to others, arthritis affects more people than you may realize. Approximately 50 million adults have this illness, and many of them struggle to lead normal lives because of it. The following are a few surprising facts about this type of illness:

  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the country.
  • More adults with this condition miss work because of it than do adults with other medical conditions.
  • This disease is very expensive to treat and manage, making it one of the most expensive conditions to have.
  • Arthritis is a genuine cause of disability, and many people with serious cases are unable to work because of it.

If you find yourself in a position in which you cannot work and you are struggling to make ends meet, you have options. Disability benefits exist for people like you, and even though your condition is internal, it is real, painful and has a very real impact on your life. Even if you are unsure if you may qualify, you always have the right to know your options

Where should I start with a disability claim? 

Having a disabling case of arthritis is complicated enough, yet the disability claims process can be complex and frustrating. If you are not able to work, you would be wise to first seek the guidance of a North Carolina attorney who can help you understand your options, complete the necessary paperwork, include appropriate documentation and fight back against a denied claim.

It can be difficult to navigate the claims process, but you do not have to do it alone. With the right help, you can protect your interests and have confidence that any complications will be handled in an appropriate and effective manner.

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