Arthritis and Disability

May 14th, 2013

You may be able to collect disability benefits if you have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. If you have a moderate to severe case of arthritis, you will be classified as having a Residual Functional Capacity to work (RFC). This RFC takes into account your ability to lift above your head, stand for a certain amount of time, need to change position, etc. and determines your ability to continue working in any form. In order for you to win your disability claim you will need to be able to prove that you cannot perform your current form of work consistently and that you would be unable to perform other types of work because of your arthritis.
If you find that you are having trouble with your responsibilities at your job because of your arthritis, discuss this with your doctor. This will be important to have documentation of the severity of your condition and how long it has been this severe.
As part of your application for disability you should include things such as medical records, laboratory and test results, names and dosages of medication. It is important to have a lot of documentation so that you can prove that you have arthritis severely enough that it is impairing your ability to perform your position at work.

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