winter injuries - file a personal injury lawsuit?

winter injuries - file a personal injury lawsuit?

Obtaining SSDI Benefits With Arthritis

by Franklin Vasquez

One of the most common reasons for disability is arthritis. The pain of arthritis can be debilitating and make it difficult or impossible to work many jobs. However, you might wonder how you will be able to pay for your bills when your arthritis has progressed to a point where it's impossible to work. 

The Basic Requirements for Receiving SSDI Benefits

If you want to receive SSDI benefits, you will need to have been working for a period of time, and then you will need to stop earning a substantial wage for several months. The US government has determined what qualifies for substantial gainful activity, and if you fall below this, you may be qualified for SSDI benefits if you are suffering from debilitating arthritis.

Your condition will need to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Also, depending on the nature of your arthritis, your condition might be listed under one of the specific medical listings or categories. If you are suffering from inflammatory arthritis or degenerative arthritis, you may be able to immediately qualify for SSDI benefits. Regardless of the condition, you must have persistent pain and swelling of the joints to be qualified for SSDI benefits.

When Your Condition Is Not Listed

Even if your condition is not listed, you can still pursue SSDI benefits, because there is a second step in the process. The SSA will look at how your arthritis is limiting your ability to work. You'll need help from a social security disability lawyer to make your case because the SSA will deny your claim if they believe you can still continue to do your job.

Based on your age, experience, education, and your physical condition, the SSA will determine if you are able to do any other type of work. If you are under the age of 50, you will need to be unable to perform sedentary work. If you are over the age of 50, you will need to not have work-related skills. If you are over the age of 60 and unable to perform the job that you have performed for the last 15 years, you may be entitled to SSDI benefits.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Because the SSA can be very particular on whether they will approve your case, you'll need to gather as much evidence as you can. However, if you're working with an attorney, it will be easier to know where to begin.


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winter injuries - file a personal injury lawsuit?

You are walking down the sidewalk on a brisk winter day and before you know it, you are clobbered by an avalanche of snow that has fallen from the roof above. Although this may be funny to watch on videos, it is never an experience that anyone wants to endure. Serious injuries are sustained every single winter because of the neglect of property maintenance by business and home owners. My husband was seriously injured by a snow avalanche off of a roof and we were left with no choice but to hire an injury attorney to help us recover his lost wages and enough money to pay for the medical treatments he will need for the next several years. My site contains advice and information that can help you get through the legal process of a personal injury lawsuit.