For a medical condition to support a claim for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits, it must be proved by strong evidence in your medical records. Unfortunately, ailments such as arthritis can be difficult to test or diagnose, even when the symptoms are debilitating.
At the Disability and Injury Law Offices of David R. Machek, we offer experienced supportive advocacy to help our clients document their disabilities and qualify for the benefits they need and deserve.
Arthritis can cause severe swelling, immobility and pain. Symptoms can include: Redness and swelling, loss of full use of your hands or affected joints, soreness of joints: ankles, hips, wrists, tenderness, fluid build-up and contracted joints (such as fingers you cannot straighten).
If you have symptoms of arthritis and are considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, it is important to begin documenting your symptoms and functional limitations as soon as possible. Ask your doctor to do testing and note his or her observations of abnormal conditions in your medical records. We advise our clients to take pictures of observable conditions like redness or swelling.
It is also important to seek medical advice as soon as possible. Not only will you receive important medical treatment, but the visit will initiate the medical history you will need to prove your disability to the Social Security Administration. Doctors may also be able to diagnose arthritis through X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and other imaging techniques.
If you have any symptoms of arthritis, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. A positive rheumatoid factor blood test, redness and swelling are indicators of the presence of rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is most often confirmed by your doctor’s clinical examination. Our attorneys are experienced in handling the complexity of Social Security Disability cases involving arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
For more information or to schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation with a trusted SSDI and SSI lawyer serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding region, please contact us online or call 215-385-5353 or 215-323-5320 to arrange a free initial consultation with our lawyer about SSD/SSI eligibility. Let us help you get the financial assistance you need and deserve.