Has Your Osteoarthritis Disability Claim Been Denied?
John L. Keefe
More than 27 million Americans have a decreased quality of life because of osteoarthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Osteoarthritis can be severely debilitating, and as the disease progresses, it can become increasingly difficult for those who have the disorder to work and take care of themselves. Accordingly, the Social Security Administration (SSA) receives a high volume of disability claims for osteoarthritis.
Unfortunately, most people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits are denied, even if they have significant difficulty walking, moving, or performing everyday tasks.
If you are among those who’ve been denied disability benefits, your denial letter explains why the SSA decided to deny your claim. It could be that the SSA believes that you are still able to do some sort of work for pay, even if your osteoarthritis makes it impossible for you to work at your current job. Or, it’s possible that you didn’t provide enough documentation or medical evidence of your disability to qualify you for benefits.
Being denied disability benefits doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren't disabled. Often the disability examiner does not have the full picture of your situation, either because the physicians who are helping you did not send in your medical records fast enough, or some of your records were not requested, or because you did not provide a full description of your work history, your pain or your daily activities. Sometimes the decision maker does not have a full picture of the way that your condition impacts you on a daily basis, whether it is the inability to concentrate due to pain, or your individual difficulties in walking. In fact, most cases are denied after the first application. So, don’t give up.
You can still be approved for SSI or SSDI, but you will have to go through the disability appeal process. However, there are time limits, so don't delay. Social Security usually gives you 65 days from the date on the denial letter to file an appeal, so check your letter to see if you can still appeal the denial. A Massachusetts Social Security disability attorney can help. To learn more, request a free copy of disability lawyer John Keefe’s book 7 Costly Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim or contact Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847 to schedule a free consultation. Don’t be discouraged. Give us a call today.
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