Is osteoarthritis a disability that can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)? Yes, osteoarthritis can qualify if it impacts your quality of life and prevents you from working. If osteoarthritis is affecting you, Crest SSD can help you obtain SSDI benefits as soon as possible. Our service costs $0 out of pocket.
To decide if your case of osteoarthritis is a disability, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will question the following:
- Are you working?
- Is your condition severe?
- Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
- Can you do the work you did previously?
- Can you do any other type of work?
Below, we discuss eligibility for SSDI, when osteoarthritis is considered a disability, and why you need a disability attorney from Crest SSD.
If osteoarthritis reduces your ability to work and makes it difficult for you to work, call us at the number above to get started on your application. We can assist you through the entire process even if you have been previously denied!
What Are The SSDI Non-Medical Requirements For Osteoarthritis?
Before Social Security examines your condition’s specifics, you will have to pass the initial requirements. The SSA non-medical criteria to qualify for SSDI benefits include:
Having enough work credits from paying taxes into the Social Security system over several years. You need 40 work credits, and 20 of the 40 credits must have been earned within the last ten years before your diagnosis.
You are not earning more than the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level if you are working. In 2020, that amount was $1,260 per month. In 2021, the amount is $1,310.
If you meet these requirements, the SSA will move on to review your application and medical condition. Contact us at the number above to discuss the disability application process. Crest SSD will improve your chances of being approved for benefits by 75%.
How To Determine If Your Osteoarthritis Is Severe?
Being diagnosed with osteoarthritis is not enough to be considered disabled to qualify. First, your condition must be severe and expected to affect you for at least 12 months or result in death.
Second, your condition must be severe, which limits your movements, senses, or everyday activities. Whether your disability is severe can be determined based on the difficulty level you have to perform activities like standing or sitting for extended periods, walking, or lifting more than 10 pounds.
Is Osteoarthritis Found In The Listing Of Impairments?
The Listing of Impairments – commonly known as the Blue Book – describes medical conditions that the SSA considers severe enough to prevent a person from doing any SGA. Osteoarthritis can be in different joints, and the Blue Book has several impairment listings under which you may be evaluated.
For example, osteoarthritis may be evaluated in Section 1—Musculoskeletal System under disorders of the spine. To be considered disabled under this specific listing,
your osteoarthritis will need to meet or equal the criteria of the listing.
Is Osteoarthritis Preventing You From Working?
Your disability must be severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity to qualify for benefits. Therefore, to qualify for benefits, your condition must limit your ability to function that you can’t do the activities required by any of your past jobs.
If you can’t do the work you did in the past, the SSA will look to see if you can do any other work despite your osteoarthritis. They will consider your age, education, past work experience, and any skills you may have that could be used to perform other work. If you can’t do other work, you will be approved for disability benefits.
Allow Crest SSD Help You File And Receive Benefits
Osteoarthritis is a disability that could qualify for SSDI, and Crest SSD understands the importance of receiving financial help during this difficult time.
Crest SSD takes care of everything for you, and you don’t pay us anything unless you receive benefits, and even then, it’s $0 out of pocket.
Find out whether you could benefit from a Social Security advocate with your disability claim. Fill this form to start your free benefits evaluation. We look forward to helping you receive the benefits you are entitled to.