The Social Security Administration (SSA) doesn’t always make it easy for those with arthritis to get the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income benefits they deserve. Many claims are denied because SSA says:
- Your medical condition doesn’t meet the requirements of or is the equivalent of a Medical Listing,
- You can return to the lightest job you held in the 15 years before you became disabled, or
- There is other work you can do in the mythical national economy based on your age, education, transferable skills and your residual functional capacity.
Not all cases of arthritis are severe enough to make you eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, but Ellis & Associates has successfully represented many SSA applicants with arthritis. We work to overcome the claims denial by working closely with you and your physician to show that you:
- Meet the requirements for a disability listing for arthritis, or that
- Your limitations are too great for you to work at your old job or
- Your limitations are too great for any other job in the national economy in view of your age, education and transferable work skills.
If in fact you or someone you care for are struggling with arthritis to the point where your/their ability to work has been compromised, contact Ellis & Associates at 1-800-Mr. Ellis for advice as to whether Social Security disability benefits may be an appropriate resource to pursue.