If your joints ache and swell due to arthritis, and you're finding it difficult to get around or perform simple acts like writing or lifting your coffee cup, it may be time to start seriously considering applying for Social Security disability in New York. Inflammatory arthritis can make your life miserable and prevent you from being able to work to support yourself and your family. If your life has been changed by disabling arthritis, your White Plains disability lawyers have the information you need to get started.

What is inflammatory arthritis?

Inflammatory arthritis is a term used to describe several types of arthritis, including:

  • Osteoarthritis, which occurs when tissues break down over time.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which is when inflammation occurs in more than one part of the body, such as the hands, knees, and feet, and the joints swell and become difficult to move. 
  • Gout, which occurs when uric acid builds up in the joints and hardens, especially in the knees and toes. 

When does inflammatory arthritis qualify for disability in New York?

Although each New York arthritis disability case is unique, these are the general requirements for your arthritis to qualify as a disability:

  • Persistent inflammation or deformity of one or more major weight-bearing joint, which makes it difficult to walk;
  • Persistent inflammation or deformity of one or more major joint in the upper body, which makes fine and gross movements difficult;
  • Inflammation or deformity of one or more major peripheral joint with involvement of an organ or body system to a moderate severity;
  • Inflammation or deformity of one or more major peripheral joint with two constitutional signs and symptoms, such as severe fatigue or involuntary weight loss;
  • Ankylosing spondylitis or other spondyloarthropathies with certain fixations of the spine; 
  • Repeated flares of arthritis with constitutional symptoms and a marked limitation of either your activities of daily living, social functioning, or ability to complete tasks.

What can I do about disabling arthritis in NY?

If you suffer from arthritis and are curious about applying for Social Security disability, contact an experienced New York disability lawyer today at 855-614-4351 to schedule a free consultation. We are devoted to helping you through the complicated disability process and look forward to speaking with you. Additionally, you can download one of our free and helpful guides on disability or New York workers' compensation by following the link at the top of this page.