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Arthritis: The hidden condition that can change your life

Many people assume that a real disability is only one seen from the outside. In reality, there are many different types of unseen ailments that can leave a person in serious pain and with severe limitations. One of the most common internal conditions that can have a serious impact on a person’s life is arthritis.

There are many different types of arthritis, and every case is different. Some New Jersey residents diagnosed with this condition are unable to work, and if you find yourself seriously limited by arthritis, you are not alone. Millions of Americans have the same condition, and of these millions, many have legitimate disabilities due to this type of ailment.

What you may not know about arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is a very common condition. Statistics gathered by this organization indicate that this illness is quite prevalent, and it can be quite expensive to manage and treat. Some things you may not know about arthritis include:

  • Over 50 million adults have a diagnosis of arthritis.
  • Approximately 31 million people have osteoarthritis, the most common type.
  • Two-thirds of the adults with this condition are of working age, 18 years and up.
  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America.

If you are unable to work due to your arthritis, you could have a valid claim to disability benefits. Arthritis attacks the joints and bones, and if you cannot keep employment or earn a living, you have options. Your condition may be unseen, but it is no less serious or important than other types of disabilities.

Are you eligible for Social Security benefits?

Individuals who are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition could be eligible for benefits through Social Security. If you have both a qualifying medical condition and a valid work history, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. If not eligible for these benefits, you may still have the option to file for Supplemental Security Income.

Fighting for the support you deserve

Even with a valid medical diagnosis and chronic arthritis, it may still be difficult to secure Social Security benefits. The claims process is complex, and many initial applications come back denied. This, however, does not mean you are out of options. You could benefit from the help of an attorney to both fully understand your rights and work to secure the money you need for care and quality of life. Chronic, debilitating arthritis may keep you from working, but an attorney can help you fight for the support you deserve.


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