What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disorder where your immune system attacks your healthy joints. It can cause severe damage to your joints, organs, and bodily systems. Although RA can affect anyone, it's most common in women, people aged 40-60, smokers, and people who have a family history of RA.

How do I know if I have Rheumatoid Arthritis?

If you have RA, you likely feel pain, stiffness, and swelling in your joints. Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the hands and feet first. Later, it may progress to the knees, hips, and shoulders. You may experience fatigue, fevers, and weight loss. In some cases, bumps of tissue will appear on your skin.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Social Security Disability

Rheumatoid arthritis can limit your ability to perform basic work activities, such as:

  • Walking, standing, sitting, or lifting/carrying objects

  • Seeing, hearing, and speaking

  • Understanding and remembering instructions

If this is the case, you may be eligible to receive NJ Social Security disability benefits. Through the Social Security Administration (SSA), the federal government provides these cash payments to those who are unable to work due to an illness or injury. To have your disability claim approved, you'll need to show that you are consistently unable to perform basic work duties.

Although you may feel unbearable pain, it can still be difficult to obtain SSD benefits. The SSA has very strict guidelines that you are required to follow. It's helpful to have a Morris County SSD lawyer on your side. With more than 20 years of experience with the Social Security process, Manfred Ricciardelli knows how these cases work. He will guide you through the process and help you get the benefits you deserve.

We offer a free, one-on-one consultation where you can learn more about your rights and legal options. To schedule yours, call 973-285-1100 or fill out our online contact form today.

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