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Is rheumatoid arthritis considered a disability?

A discussion about whether rheumatoid arthritis is considered a disability.

Is rheumatoid arthritis considered a disability? Well, if you ask someone with this condition, they would probably reply with “yes.” Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder and not a result of just normal wear and tear like in osteoarthritis. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis experience swelling, pain, stiffness, redness, and warmth in the affected areas, contributing to loss of mobility and deformity of joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and may even make some patients incapable of work. In this case, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

To qualify for SSD benefits, one needs to demonstrate that rheumatoid arthritis has been lasting for at least a year and prevents you from performing your work duties or conducting work you can be trained for. Older patients have an easier time qualifying for SSD benefits as they cannot be easily trained for available work. These individuals are often over the age of 50 and are not expected to be trained for new types of work. To qualify for SSD benefits, patients must show that they are unable to maintain meaningful work, either physical or sedentary.

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