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Winning Arthritis Social Security Disability and Long Term Disability Claims

Friday, June 9, 2006

Arthritis cripples more people in the United States than almost any other chronic condition.  Therefore, it is one of the most common disabilities the attorneys at Turley, Redmond & Rosasco see when it comes to processing long term disability claims and Social Security disability claims.

Arthritis is a broad category of  disorders including degenerative arthritis,osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. It also includes autoimmune disorders such as lupus, fibromyalgia, sclerodema, and mixed connective tissue disease.  All involve severe pain and functional restrictions.  When arthritis affects the hips, knees or ankles, obesity often times exacerbates the symptoms.  When the symptoms become severe enough, sometimes total joint replacement surgery is necessary.

To win an arthritis Social Security disability or long term disability claim, the key is always to document how the client’s pain and/or  inflammation impacts on the ability to use hands repetitively, stand, walk or sit for long periods.    One of our main jobs at Turley, Redmond & Rosasco is to work with the client’s treating rheumatologist or orthopedist to document the severity of pain induced functional restrictions.  When handled properly by a skilled disability lawyer, arthritis claims can be easily won and result in much needed disability benefits.

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