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How to Qualify for Massachusetts SSDI for Inflammatory Arthritis


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1/19/2014
John L. Keefe
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Do you live with the burden of aches and pains every day because of inflammatory arthritis? SSDI in Massachusetts may be a good option to help you get the relief you need without paying the toll financially of not having a steady paycheck.

When Inflammatory Arthritis Leaves You Disabled

Inflammatory arthritis typically starts in a patient’s smaller joints can quickly spread to other parts of the body, such as the hips, shoulders, and knees. This can make commonplace tasks—such as walking, lifting, or even sitting—more difficult. Many times, the patient’s joints become hot and stiff, which can in turn lead to extreme fatigue, fevers, or weight loss.

Qualifying for SSDI in Massachusetts with Inflammatory Arthritis

Inflammatory arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis, qualifies as a disability by Social Security Administration (SSA) rules. However, in order be approved to receive SSDI in Massachusetts for rheumatoid arthritis, there are certain criteria you must meet. To qualify, you must have at least one of the following:

  • Inflammatory arthritis in one of your leg joints, making it difficult to walk
  • Inflammatory arthritis in one or both of your arms, making it difficult to perform large or small tasks
  • Deformity or inflammation in at least one major joint that impacts at least two of your organs or body systems.
  • Fixation of your spine of at least 45 degrees
  • Repeated flare-ups of your inflammatory arthritis accompanied by at least two symptoms that limit your daily activities, such as fever, fatigue, or malaise.
     

If you do not meet the specifications of at least one of these, you may still qualify—but the process of filing your application may be more difficult.

With help from a Boston SSDI attorney, you can demonstrate how your inflammatory arthritis impacts your daily activities. This increases your chances at being approved for SSDI in Massachusetts so that you can get the financial assistance you need. Contact our office by filling out the form above, and start your application on the right foot.



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