Nearly A Third of Workers with Rheumatoid Arthritis Stop Working Five Years After Diagnosis

April 23rd, 2019 Social Security Disability
Person working on computer with arthritis

According to a study, approximately one-third of people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis were forced to quit their jobs within five years of being diagnosed.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects nearly 1.3 million Americans. Symptoms of the disease include joint stiffness and swollen joints and severe pain. Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect other areas of the body, and may cause impaired vision, lung inflammation, organ damage and low red blood cell counts.

The painful symptoms of the disease and negative side effects of medication can make it incredibly difficult to focus, complete everyday tasks and be productive at work. Unfortunately, this is why many who are diagnosed and want to continue to work can no longer do so because the pain is extreme.

  • 1 in 5 people who are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis stop working after two years of being diagnosed
  • 1 in 3 people who are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis stop working after five years of being diagnosed

If you are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. In order to qualify, you must have medical evidence documenting your condition. It should be expected to last for at least a year, and your symptoms must prevent you from working at your current job. After reviewing your condition, Disability Determination Services must also decide you cannot perform any other type of work.

The application process can be overwhelming, and one mistake could result in your application being denied. You must present evidence that your condition is debilitating, including complete medical records, full contact information of all physicians, a complete work record and more. Having a skilled disability lawyer on your side from the beginning can help you with the entire process and increases the chances your application will be approved.

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If you are disabled and unable to work, call Disability Attorneys of Michigan for a free confidential consultation. We’ll let you know if we can help you get a monthly check and help you determine if any money or assets you receive could impact your eligibility for disability benefits.

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