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Can one receive SSD for rheumatoid arthritis?

There are many different illnesses and ailments that people deal with in New Jersey. Some of these have greater effects on one's life than others. One of these types of conditions is rheumatoid arthritis. This condition affects the joints and can cause swelling, pain and tenderness. There are many joints in the body, which are used throughout the day. If they are swollen or painful, it can make doing daily tasks uncomfortable and difficult.

This discomfort can grow worse as well, and simply moving around can be almost impossible. This can also make it difficult to work and earn an income. People who suffer from this condition and are unable to work, may be able to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to help them financially.

But, not everyone with rheumatoid arthritis is eligible for SSDI. Certain requirements must be met first. The condition must cause extreme limitation. This means that the effected joints must be weight bearing and cause an inability to ambulate, or be joints in the upper body that cause an inability to perform fine movements.

It also includes inflammation in the joints that affect two or more body systems and two of the following conditions severe fatigue, fever, malaise or involuntary weight loss. If there is also repeated inflammation and two of the additional symptoms listed above that limits daily activities, maintaining social functions or completing tasks in a timely fashion, a person may be eligible for SSDI for rheumatoid arthritis.

Many people in New Jersey suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and many other types of illnesses. Sometimes, these illnesses have a major effect on one's life and prevent them from doing many things, including working. People in this situation may be entitled to SSDI benefits though. Experienced attorneys understand the requirements and process and may be a useful resource.

Source: SSA.gov, "Disability Evaluation under Social Security - 14.00 Immune System Disorders - Adults," accessed on April 4, 2017

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