Arthritis Awareness Month and Social Security Disability Benefits

Arthritis Awareness Month and Social Security Disability Benefits

May is Arthritis Awareness Month, a time to shed light on the impact of arthritis, the leading cause of disability in America. We understand the challenges arthritis brings to everyday life and know how important it is for people to get the help they need. For people suffering from arthritis, it is crucial to understand the available resources and support systems accessible.

Understanding the disability and income programs at your disposal can be daunting, so we have outlined how to qualify and apply for disability benefits. As May has hopefully brought attention to arthritis awareness, we want those affected to understand their options for financial support.

Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are awarded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to individuals who cannot work because of a disabling condition. Arthritis, which affects more than 50 million Americans, is a condition that can affect an individual’s ability to engage in employment. If you have arthritis, you may be eligible for SSDI benefits.

Arthritis and SSDI Eligibility

To qualify for SSDI benefits due to arthritis, you must meet the SSA’s criteria for disability. This includes providing medical evidence that the arthritis significantly impacts your ability to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). You must demonstrate the severity and limitations caused by arthritis through medical records, treatment history, and other relevant documentation. To be eligible for SSDI benefits, you must have earned enough work credits during the course of employment.  The work credits needed to be eligible to apply for SSDI will vary depending on your age.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Arthritis

In cases where individuals have yet to earn enough work credits to be eligible for SSDI, or their income and resources fall below a certain threshold, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be an option. SSI benefits are awarded to blind or disabled individuals with limited income and resources. This program helps provide financial assistance to those who cannot work due to their arthritis but do not qualify for SSDI.

Call Jan Dils for Guidance on Arthritis Disability Benefits

Navigating the complex process of applying for SSDI or SSI benefits can be challenging, especially for individuals dealing with the debilitating effects of arthritis. A law firm with experience in Social Security Disability can offer invaluable guidance and support throughout the application and appeals process.

Seeking the proper guidance will maximize your chances of a successful claim. If you or someone you love may qualify, call our Social Security Disability team at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law for a free consultation. We have recovered more than $100 million on behalf of our disabled clients, and we will continue in our mission to raise awareness about arthritis and provide support for those in need.

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