Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Qualify for Disability in South Carolina?

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It can make a big difference in your life to receive Social Security Disability benefits when rheumatoid arthritis (RA) limits your daily activities—and ability to work.

The excruciating symptoms can leave you unable to provide for your family, but disability income provides financial relief, letting you focus on your health and well-being.

The problem is that Social Security makes it hard to win benefits. It has its own separate legal system for deciding who to approve. Most first-time applicants are denied.

The Pilzer Klein law firm has experienced Social Security Disability attorneys who’ve helped rheumatoid arthritis patients and know what to do.

In fact, Social Security Disability is all we do.

If you’re in Greenville, Spartanburg or anywhere in South Carolina, and you’re struggling with rheumatoid arthritis, get in touch with Pilzer Klein to start on your disability case.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms You Can Show to Qualify for Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Social Security Disability always means providing medical confirmation that your symptoms are so severe, you can’t work.

When rheumatoid arthritis causes your immune system to attack your body’s tissues, you can often document symptoms like these:

  • Leg inflammation making it hard to walk and move
  • Arm inflammation
  • Inflammation in two or more organs or body systems
  • Painful swelling
  • Severe fatigue or malaise
  • Fever
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Stiff spine
  • Damage to bones and joints

Proving that you need Social Security Disability benefits also involves showing that these symptoms keep recurring over time.

By documenting your symptoms, you can make the case that you meet the three basic qualifications for all Social Security Disability applications:

  • Your RA makes it impossible for you to continue in your most recent job.
  • It also prevents you from switching to a new, possibly less physically demanding, line of work.
  • The health problems blocking you from working will last at least a year.

You don’t have to show all of the symptoms above to win benefits. You could have certain ones, or other ones. The key is demonstrating that your medical condition seriously hinders your ability to function.

The disability lawyers at Pilzer Klein can help you get started by providing a free evaluation of your case.

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Types of Evidence You Need to Prove Disability for Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you lack medical evidence, or you don’t present your evidence to Social Security effectively, you run the risk of getting denied.

So if evidence is so important, what kind of evidence to you need?

It can look like this:

  • A record of your RA diagnosis
  • Doctor reports describing the severity of your symptoms
  • Blood test results
  • Treatment records and results
  • Other test or study results showing the seriousness of your RA

Small errors can delay or block your disability application. When you’re already living with rheumatoid arthritis and worried about your financial situation, this system is a lot to cope with.

Pilzer Klein is here to take this burden off your shoulders. We can get the right evidence from your doctors, make sure your forms are filled out right, make sure your deadlines are met and that your arguments for disability benefits are strong.

If you’ve been denied, we can help you appeal the decision and potentially give you a better chance of finally winning benefits. A government study showed you’re almost three times more likely to be awarded benefits at an appeals hearing if you have representation.

And, you don’t pay any attorney fee unless you win.

It’s time to get you to a better place in life.

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