Disability for Rheumatoid Arthritis in Washington, D.C.
Get Someone Who Can Take the Burden Off You
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, it’s very likely that you’re unable to stand or sit for long periods of time. You might struggle to walk.
Rheumatoid arthritis also can bring on complications, such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer or kidney failure that requires dialysis.
It can be so severe that you can’t work. It could be difficult for you just to get to a job.
But no job means no income — and a financial crisis.
Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits could be your lifeline. With disability benefits, you receive monthly checks to help cover your basic expenses.
Still, applying is complicated and most people get turned down on the first try.
Mathis & Mathis Disability Advocates has helped people in the Washington, D.C., area win disability benefits for more than 25 years.
If the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis makes it impossible for you to work, contact us today.
How Do I Prove My Case to the Government?
Even though you have rheumatoid arthritis and are unable to work, winning SSD benefits isn’t automatic.
You must meet the SSA’s strict definition of having a disability. You have to navigate their complicated system. And you have to prove you’re unable to hold down a job.
One advantage you have is that Social Security specifically lists rheumatoid arthritis as a qualifying condition in its “Blue Book” of impairments.
And if you develop another associated disease — such as osteoporosis or carpal tunnel syndrome — that adds to your argument for benefits.
But to win disability benefits, you have to show not just that you have a qualifying condition but that the severity of your health problems make working impossible.
When you work with Mathis & Mathis, we’ll help you prepare your SSD claim by:
- Providing strong evidence to document the severity of your case of rheumatoid arthritis
- Proving you’re unable to continue in the your most recent work
- Proving you’re unable to transition to a new line of work
- Gathering the medical evidence you’ll need to show you won’t be able to work for a least a year
It doesn’t cost you anything to talk to us about your situation and go over your case for benefits.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis can start in one part of your body and then move to other parts.
According to the Mayo Clinic, it can leave you with:
- Tender joints
- Swollen joints
- Stiff joints
- Weight loss
If you’re dealing with this or other symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, you need to focus on your health.
You shouldn’t have to worry about filling out a complicated application, gathering additional evidence for an appeal after getting denied, preparing on your own for a hearing with a Social Security judge and cross-examining government witnesses at your hearing.
At Mathis & Mathis, we can ease your burden by taking on those jobs. This is what we do all the time.
And you don’t pay us any fee until you win benefits.
How Do I Improve My Chances?
The Social Security Administration's own statistics have shown that you have a higher risk of losing out on benefits if you don’t have a professional advocate on your side.
We know how to prepare the best possible case and improve your chances of winning benefits.
To get started, we’ll evaluate your situation for free.
If you can get financially stable, you can focus on taking care of yourself.
And you can move forward with your life.