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Your health is important to you. Often you don’t realize how important it is until you are no longer healthy. Even the smallest health issues can affect your life and keep you from working. If you or someone you love has Rheumatoid Arthritis, you know this is true.
At Horn & Kelly P.C. Attorneys at Law, we know that your Rheumatoid Arthritis can keep you from working a full-time job. That’s why we are determined to secure you Social Security Disability benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Call us today to see if you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Most of us know someone with painful, swollen joints, but what exactly is Rheumatoid Arthritis? This condition affects over 1.3 million Americans, and if you are one of them, you might be in need of Social Security Disability benefits.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disease. Your immune system is meant to attack foreign bacteria and viruses in your body, but sometimes it attacks healthy tissue instead. RA is caused when your immune system attacks the lining around your joints, called the synovium. The synovium becomes inflamed, and the inflammation can eventually harm the joint.
The inflammation causes pain and swelling, but a more serious issue is that the damage inflicted on the cartilage and bone by the inflammation can’t always be reversed.
RA commonly affects smaller joints first, particularly those in the feet and hands. Later, it spreads to the wrists, elbows, ankles, knees, shoulders, and hips. The most common symptom of RA is tender, swollen joints. Joints might also be stiff after periods of inactivity, like in the mornings. More serious signs are fever, fatigue, and weight loss.
Signs and symptoms of this condition often come and go and vary in severity. Over time, RA deforms joints and shifts them out of place.
How Can I Receive Benefits?
Because RA is a painful condition, living with it can be difficult for many people. Painful hands can make it difficult or impossible for sufferers to do work-related activities like typing and driving. Some people aren’t able to work full time or even part time.
However, the Social Security Administration issues Disability payments to people who can’t work due to illnesses or injuries. If certain requirements are met, RA sufferers can be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
If you or someone you love has this condition, you may be able to receive benefits to help you cope. Contact the law office of Horn & Kelley P.C. Attorneys at Law to see if you qualify. Call today at 888-921-5297 to schedule an appointment.