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Ankylosing Spondylitis – Social Security Disability

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a permanent, degenerative condition that causes inflammation, pain, stiffness, and immobility.

If you suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis, you may have trouble working, meeting up with friends, and performing simple tasks. The condition has also been known to cause cognitive impairment, further complicating day to day life. If this sounds familiar, you may qualify for benefits.

Social Security Disability Insurance

What is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a state-mandated insurance program that provides financial assistance to those who are unable to work due to a long-term disability.

Unlike Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), SSDI is for adults who do have work experience. If you have been working for a while, you have probably already been paying into the SSDI program.

Do I Qualify for Ankylosing Spondylitis Disability Benefits?

While Ankylosing Spondylitis is recognized by the SSA as an autoimmune disability, being diagnosed does not automatically qualify you for benefits.

To secure benefits, you must prove that your condition is severe enough to prevent you from earning gainful employment. There are conditions that must be met in order to prove loss of function and inability to work.

Most commonly, you will need to complete a physical health exam to determine the degree to which your spine is fixed. In order to qualify for benefits, your spine must be fixed at least 45 degrees, or at least 30 degrees with additional complications.

If you don’t meet the above criteria, you will still be able to receive benefits. You simply need to prove that your symptoms prevent you from performing your necessary work tasks.

Ankylosing spondylitis social security disability

How Does the Process Work?

Applying for SSDI benefits can be taxing when living with ankylosing spondylitis is already so limiting. Gathering and organizing all the required medical documentation and health records is a huge undertaking. Add to that the required doctor visits, physical assessments, and scans that may be required, and the process can become exhausting.

The first step is to fill out and submit the SSDI application to the Social Security Administration. This should include the date of diagnosis along with any supporting medical records.

Upon receipt, the SSA will notify you and they will proceed with reviewing the submission. You may be contacted to provide additional information during the review process. Once a decision is reached, you will be notified by mail.
An Attorney Can Help

Having an experienced SSDI disability attorney on your side can help in several ways. There are no upfront costs, you have someone advocating for you, and you have less stress.

You have nothing to lose, and peace of mind to gain with a free consultation. Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates for more information.

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