Social Security Disability Benefits for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a painful, degenerative type of arthritis. Individuals affected by osteoarthritis have a really difficult time engaging in physical activities and being gainfully employed. In fact, the majority of individuals suffering from advanced osteoarthritis have to stop working. If you are diagnosed with osteoarthritis and are no longer able to work, call aCharlotte disability attorney to help you apply for Social Security disability benefits.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a disease characterized by the degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint as well as boney overgrowth. Tissues eventually break down, causing pain and stiffness in the joints. The most commonly affected joints are in the hips, knees and the hands and spine.
What Causes Osteoarthritis?
The specific cause of osteoarthritis is assumed to be the result of both mechanical and molecular events in the affected joint. Research shows that activities involving heavy impact on the joints predispose the onset of osteoarthritis.
Qualifying for Disability Benefits
Since osteoarthritis can be found in different joints, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has several “impairment listings” under which a claimant can be evaluated. If the claimant or his/her Charlotte disability attorney can prove that he/she meets the requirements of the listing, they will automatically be approved for disability benefits.
If not, the claimant can still be approved for disability if they can show the osteoarthritis limits their ability to function so much that they cannot perform the tasks required by most jobs.
For more information about getting Social Security disability benefits for osteoarthritis, call Bridgman Law Offices at 877-330-4817 to schedule a complimentary consultation with a Charlotte disability attorney.