Osteoarthritis and the other joint disorders collectively known as arthritis can make it extremely difficult for sufferers to continue to do the tasks they need to be able to do to keep their jobs. If you can no longer work due to arthritis, you may be entitled to disability benefits.

Helping People With Arthritis Pursue Social Security Claims

Understanding the Criteria for SSD and SSI BenefitsPortland SSD and SSI Attorney Richard A. Sly helps clients with severe arthritis in Oregon and Washington pursue Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSD/DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Mr. Sly has more than 30 years of experience in Social Security law.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes various types of arthritis under its criteria for both musculoskeletal and immune-system disorders. You may be entitled to disability benefits if you can prove that your arthritis has any of the following consequences:

  • Inability to walk due to a dysfunction in a weight-bearing joint such as a hip, knee or ankle
  • Difficulty performing fine movements due to a dysfunction in a shoulder, elbow or wrist
  • Inability to walk for more than a year due to reconstructive weight-bearing joint surgery
  • Limitation of motion, pain and/or weakness due to nerve root or spinal cord compression
  • Inability to work due to the combined symptoms of inflammatory or rheumatoid arthritis

The SSA has very specific criteria for how severe each of these impairments needs to be to qualify you for disability benefits. Our firm can work with your doctors to make sure your diagnosis is correctly documented with all of the necessary test results and evaluations.

Call 503-224-0436 for a Free Consultation With a Disability Benefits Lawyer

Attorney Richard A. Sly and our team are dedicated to obtaining disability benefits for clients whose arthritis has gotten so bad that they can no longer work. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Sly, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or e-mail us today.