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Keeping You Afloat When You Can’t Work

You know the pain of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) all too well. It’s the kind of pain that turns routine tasks—even walking and lifting—into major hardships.

Eventually, you may not be able to work anymore, but you don’t want to stop working. You need your income. Sometimes rheumatoid arthritis just doesn’t give you a choice.

Social Security Disability benefits provide financial support to help keep your life afloat during this difficult time.

But trying to win Social Security Disability for rheumatoid arthritis is hard. Most people get denied.

People all across Hawaii turn to Danielle Beaver for help. Unlike a lot of lawyers who come in from the mainland, she’s based in Honolulu and gives personal attention to your case.

As Danielle says, “Social Security Disability is all I do.”

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How to Prove You Deserve Disability for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The bottom line for winning disability benefits for any medical condition is that you must be unable to work at all.

And you can’t just say it. You have to prove it.

That means providing Social Security with medical evidence confirming the symptoms that make working impossible for you. Social Security officially recognizes several symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, including:

  • Inflammation in your legs making it hard for you to walk
  • Inflammation that limits your ability to work with your arms
  • Inflammation in at least two organs or body systems
  • Severe fatigue or malaise
  • Fever
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Spine stiffening
  • A history of your symptoms recurring

It doesn’t cost you anything to get Danielle Beaver and her legal team to look at your particular case and evaluate your options for getting disability for rheumatoid arthritis.

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Other Options to Qualify for Disability Income

Because rheumatoid arthritis attacks your immune system, it can cause many complications, which Social Security separately recognizes as debilitating health conditions. Those include lung disease, heart disease, carpal tunnel syndrome and mental health problems like depression.

If you don’t match the exact symptoms Social Security lists for rheumatoid arthritis or other related diseases, you can sometimes still win benefits based on an overall assessment of the level of physical activity you can handle, which Social Security calls your “residual functional capacity.”

It’s not unusual for RA to leave people unable to work. More than 1.5 million Americans live with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, according to The Arthritis Foundation. Up to half of RA patients lose the ability to work over several years with the condition, concluded one study in 2010.

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How to Get the Evidence You Need for a Rheumatoid Arthritis Disability Claim

These are the kinds of medical documentation you can provide Social Security to make a strong claim for disability benefits:

  • A record of your RA diagnosis
  • Doctor reports describing the severity of your symptoms
  • Blood test results
  • Records of the treatment you’ve received and how it has worked out
  • Other test or study results showing the seriousness of your RA

When rheumatoid arthritis is draining your energy level, tracking down medical records and wrestling with long applications for disability benefits can feel overwhelming.

Danielle Beaver lightens the burden on you, gathering your medical evidence, filing your forms and more—letting you focus on your own well-being.

She can also help improve your chances of winning benefits in a difficult system. One government report found that you’re three times more likely to be awarded benefits if you have a representative with you when you go before a Social Security administrative law judge to argue for your benefits.

Danielle knows the complex Social Security Disability system and fights for hard-working Hawaiians to get the help they deserve.

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