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People with inflammatory arthritis may seek disability benefits

People in Tennessee suffer from many different types of injuries and illnesses. Some of these illnesses and injuries are easy to see and are obvious to people around them. It is easy to tell when people are in wheelchairs, are missing limbs, are on crutches or other injuries such as these. However, there are many other injuries that are more internal in nature and less obvious to those around them. These injuries may be less obvious, but can be just as devastating for the people suffering from them.

One of these types of conditions is inflammatory arthritis. These types of conditions can make to very difficult to perform very basic daily actions and can make it difficult for people to be able to go to work each day. If this is the case, the person may be unable to earn an income and pay their monthly bills.

People suffering from inflammatory arthritis may be able to pursue Social Security disability benefits. In order to do so the arthritis must meet certain conditions. The arthritis must be in weight bearing joints and making moving around difficult or be in joints such as fingers which make it difficult to perform fine motor skills.

The person could also pursue benefits if the arthritis causes severe fatigue, fever or involuntary weight loss in addition to inflammation in a peripheral joint or if those conditions lead to limitations in activities or causes problems completing tasks in a timely manner, or makes it difficult to concentrate.

Many people suffer from arthritis in Tennessee causing varying degrees of discomfort. Sometimes the arthritis can prevent the person from performing daily tasks or limit their ability to move around effectively. If the arthritis prevents the person from working, they may want to seek Social Security disability benefits. This can be a complicated process, but experienced attorneys may be able to guide one through it.

Source: Social Security Administration, "14.09 Inflammatory arthritis," Oct. 9, 2017

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