Degenerative arthritis can make even the simpler tasks in life more difficult to complete while making functioning on the job impossible in some cases. If you are struggling with the effects of degenerative arthritis and are unable to work, you could benefit from having an experienced attorney pursuing the Social Security Disability benefits you are entitled to.
At Crowe & Shanahan in St. Louis, we are committed to helping disabled workers secure the benefits they deserve. We provide personal representation to all of our clients. Each client is a name, not a case file number. You can rely on receiving straightforward advice and always having access to your attorney.
While other Social Security Disability firms provide a nationwide practice, we pride ourselves on focusing our time and resources on helping people in St. Louis, eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. To contact a skilled St. Louis degenerative arthritis disability attorney, call 314-231-6660 or toll free at 877-213-7793.
Degenerative Arthritis Is Very Common
The truth is, almost everyone suffers from some degree of degenerative arthritis as they age. But if it is severe enough to keep you from performing at work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You must be unable to work for a continuous period of at least 12 months.
Degenerative arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis, is usually identified by symptoms such as:
- Pain in the joints, hips, shoulders, back or neck
- Stiffness, tenderness or swelling
- Joint "locking"
If the pain becomes worse, you may stop moving as much, which can cause muscles to atrophy in addition to the bone damage being caused by the arthritis.
In many cases, however, degenerative arthritis is treatable. For example, many workers are able to return to work after a joint replacement operation is performed. If you are able to return to work, you may be able to receive back pay for your "closed period" of disability. The key is working with lawyers who can work with your doctors to make sure you receive the right treatment.
To learn more about our practice or to schedule an appointment with a lawyer, contact our firm today.