Social Security Disability for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Eric and Gary Penar

If you suffer from severe rheumatoid arthritis, you might be unable to stand or sit for long periods of time. You might struggle to walk.

Simple, everyday tasks become a hardship—including tasks required for your job.

When you can’t work, you worry about financial ruin. It’s scary.

Social Security disability benefits could help ease your mind. They provide monthly checks, so you can keep a measure of independence.

Winning benefits is hard and most people get denied. You need strong medical evidence showing how rheumatoid arthritis makes it impossible for you to work.

An experienced disability attorney knows how to present your case to Social Security. If you’re in the Spokane area or anywhere in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, work with Penar Law. We’ve helped thousands of people win benefits.

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How does Social Security Disability view Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Social Security maintains a list of impairments that can qualify you for disability income, if you meet the impairment’s requirements. The good news is that rheumatoid arthritis is on that list.

Social Security understands how debilitating rheumatoid arthritis can be. It’s not just about sore joints. Your immune system is attacking your body tissues, potentially damaging numerous organs and systems.

As with any impairment, you just have to show your particular case of rheumatoid arthritis rules out working.

These are symptoms Social Security will look for:

  • Difficultly walking because of inflammation in your legs
  • Difficulty performing tasks with your arms because of upper-body inflammation
  • Two or more organs or body systems impacted
  • Serious joint pain
  • Symptoms like fatigue, fever, body weakness, and involuntary weight loss
  • A stiff spine making it hard to move
  • Frequent recurrence of your symptoms

You don’t have to have all these symptoms, but you need to document for Social Security how your particular case of rheumatoid arthritis leaves you unable to work.

There’s no charge to get Penar Law to evaluate your case.

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Essentials of Applying for Social Security Disability

Winning Social Security disability benefits requires you to show a combination of medical records, work history, and education history that make it clear you can’t work and deserve financial assistance.

These are the essential points you must prove:

  • Your health problems are too bad for you to function in your previous job.
  • You couldn’t switch to another, less strenuous job either.
  • Your condition will last at least a year, or eventually lead to death.

Don’t try to win Social Security Disability benefits alone

Thousands of regulations govern the way Social Security decides who gets disability benefits. Social Security even has its own separate legal system to process disability cases.

You don’t have to face this on your own. Living with rheumatoid arthritis is draining enough.

You pay no attorney fee until you win benefits, so there’s little risk for you. Get Penar Law to take care of your disability claim.

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I was so glad to have this team in my corner! They treated me with such kindness and made a stressful process manageable. I was well prepared for my hearing and I know I can call with questions in the future as well. I highly recommend this team! Thank you Eric, Nick and Precious especially, for all your expertise, work, and kind professionalism!!! So grateful for the win! A great weight is lifted!

Journey With Jen January 28, 2022

Eric Penar and his staff are amazing! Eric, Nick, Amy, and Precious all worked with me in a very timely and professional manner to get a great outcome for disability benefits. Can't recommend Penar Law enough for their great work!

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