People who are suffering from a disability like Adult Still’s disease that severely limits their physical or mental capabilities may be unable to work. Fortunately, there are social security disability benefits that are available to qualified individuals. These benefits are essential for paying for necessities when income is not being earned.
Social security disability benefits are different than other types of assistance. These benefits are funded by paycheck deductions. People who are eligible for benefits must have worked a minimum amount before becoming eligible, so applicants can think of these benefits as a type of insurance coverage that they have paid into.
What Is Adult Still’s Disease?
Adult Still’s is a type of arthritis that causes unique symptoms. Sufferers typically experience a persistent sore throat, a pink rash and high fever at the onset of the disease. The joint pain that is commonly associated with arthritis will begin to affect the sufferer within a few weeks of the initial symptoms.
Some people experience a short-term bout of Adult Still’s disease. Very little is known about the disease or its causes, so it is difficult for medical professionals to predict whether an individual will have chronic flareups.
Inflammation can be severe with Adult Still’s disease. People who suffer from chronic Adult Still’s disease must seek treatment to ensure that damage to the joints is minimized. It is possible for the connective tissue in the joints to be completely worn away with this condition, and sufferers may experience severe pain in the joints.
Muscle pain is another common symptom of this condition. The severity of muscle pain tends to vary, but some people experience consistent pain that interferes with their ability to remain physically active.
Can You Get Disability For Adult Still’s Disease?
Applicants who are suffering from Adult Still’s disease have two options when it comes to applying for benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA). One option is to establish that the symptoms and complications associated with the condition meet or exceed those found in a listing. Listings maintained by the SSA essentially outline specific conditions for which an applicant will be considered eligible for benefits.
Another option is to prove that the residual functional capacity of the applicant is limited enough to make it impossible for the individual to work in any position for which the applicant is qualified. A medical professional must evaluate the abilities of the applicant to determine how the condition limits these abilities. The work history of the applicant will then be evaluated to determine whether the individual could work in a different position that accommodates their condition.
It is important for applicants to provide medical evidence of their disability when applying for benefits. The most common reason for a denial is a lack of proof of disability. A licensed medical professional should be keeping accurate records related to the symptoms that the applicant experiences. The date of disability must be recorded to ensure that applicants are able to get the benefits that they need as quickly as possible.
The results of medical tests will be used in conjunction with notes that doctors have made regarding symptoms. The bottom line that applicants should be keeping in mind when gathering paperwork for their application is that the SSA evaluates each case and makes a decision based on the actual evidence that is provided.
Getting Help From an Attorney
Applying for social security disability benefits is a difficult process, and up to 70 percent of first-time applications are denied. Many of these applications are completed by people who truly qualify for benefits. Unfortunately, applying for benefits is confusing and time-consuming. It is important for people who suffer from a disability to consult with a legal professional. Attorneys with experience handling disability benefit applications are able to guide their clients through the process while providing much-needed support.
To discuss SSD and SSI claims or appeals, please call us at (215) 464-7200 or email the attorneys of Chermol & Fishman, LLC. The initial consultation is free, and we never charge a fee until we win your case.