An affliction that can be debilitating and extremely frustrating for those who suffer from it, rheumatoid arthritis can make everything from getting out of bed to tying shoes a long, difficult process. If you are currently unable to work as a result of your rheumatoid arthritis, it is critical to discuss your options with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney.
At Crowe & Shanahan in St. Louis, we have extensive experience handling disability claims throughout eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. We pride ourselves on providing personal representation to our clients — our clients have names and are not just case file numbers.
From start to finish, you will have easy access to your attorney as your disability benefits claim moves through the legal process. Please call 314-231-6660, toll free at 877-213-7793 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with an attorney.
Is Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Curable?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that mostly attacks the joints. It causes painful swelling that can over time damage your bones and joints. Unlike degenerative arthritis, this is an autoimmune disorder, and it could even affect other parts of your body, such as your organs. This can lead to other severe illnesses such as heart and lung disease and osteoporosis.
You should contact a doctor if you have symptoms such as swelling, stiffness, soreness or feel firm lumps of tissue under the skin.
While there is no cure, for many people, this ailment can be treated through a variety of medications. But if treatment cannot eliminate or sufficiently reduce your symptoms, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. To qualify, you will have to demonstrate that your symptoms make it impossible for you to work for a continuous period of at least 12 months.
If you are able to go back to work, but were out of work for more than 12 months due to your symptoms, you may be able to receive back pay for your "closed period" of disability.
Our lawyers can help you prepare the strongest possible claim for disability benefits when rheumatoid arthritis strikes. We will work with your doctor to help prove the severity of your disability. To learn more about our practice or to schedule a consultation with a lawyer, contact our firm today.