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How to Get SSDI in Massachusetts With Psoriatic Arthritis


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2/19/2014
John L. Keefe
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Psoriasis is often misunderstood as a disability. Many people think that it’s just an annoyance instead of something that is severe enough to inhibit your ability to work. When you suffer from severe complications of psoriasis, such as psoriatic arthritis, going to work may be extremely difficult, if not impossible.

Qualifying for SSDI in Massachusetts for Psoriatic Arthritis Under Alternative Listings

About 15 percent of people with psoriasis also develop arthritis as a complication of the skin condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not have a listing specifically for psoriatic arthritis. To qualify for SSDI in Massachusetts for psoriatic arthritis, you must apply under another listing that matches the symptoms you experience.

Here are a few examples of the most common ways sufferers in Massachusetts get SSDI for psoriatic arthritis.

  • Inflammatory arthritis. Most commonly, people with psoriatic arthritis will apply under the inflammatory arthritis listing. This impairment can disable you by making it difficult to move small joints, such as those in your hands or feet. This in turn can make it difficult to perform certain tasks, such as writing or walking.
     
  • Loss of functionality in your joints. If psoriasis has severely limited your ability in a specific joint, you may qualify for SSDI under the listing for major dysfunction of a joint. This listing does not take into consideration the cause of the dysfunction of a joint. Instead, you must show that you have a deformity in the joint, and a history of difficulty moving the joint.
     
  • Reconstructive surgery. Sometimes, psoriatic arthritis can be severe enough to require surgery. This is particularly true on weight bearing joints. If your surgery has caused you significant impairment, you may qualify for SSDI in Massachusetts.
     
  • Spine disorders. Anytime your spine is injured, it can impact your ability to do work. If psoriatic arthritis has made it difficult for you to do basic tasks, such as bend over to pick something up, you may qualify under the disability listing for back problems.
     

If psoriatic arthritis has severely limited your ability to work, it is important that you contact a Massachusetts SSDI attorney to determine if you may be eligible for benefits. At Keefe Disability Law, we understand what you must show in order to maximize your chances at an approval. Contact us using the contact form on this page to learn more about how we can help with your application.



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