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Can you win disability benefits if you have RA, rheumatoid arthritis?

Potentially, any condition can qualify for SSI or SSD. That's includes RA (rheumatoid arthritis), or any other condition potentially. It's not the diagnosis that's the issue, but, rather, whether or not the condition is severe enough to rule out the ability to engage in work activity at what the social security administration refers to as a substantial and gainful level.

This is why social security gathers information about your medical history but also information concerning your past work history. Disability examiners (and judges in cases where the claim has advanced to the hearing level) evaluate both areas, work and medical histories, to determine whether or not a claimant can go back to one of the jobs they performed in the past.

For many applicants, the information available to the decision-maker will lead them to conclude that the individual cannot go back to their past work because their current functional limitations, which can be physical, mental, or both (for example, impaired ability to concentrate, remember, hear, see, lift objects above a certain weight, sit or stand beyond a certain length of time, etc), will simply not allow a return to their past work.

However, even if a claimant is "taken out of past work", they may still be found able to switch to some type of other work, work that social security finds reasonable for the claimant to transition to based on their age, education, job skills, and, of course, rated functional limitations.

So, to answer the question, yes, you can get SSI or social security disability for RA. But you can potentially receive ongoing benefits for any condition as long as the information available to the decision-maker indicates:

1) The claimant's condition is severe.

2) The claimant's condition is severe enough to prevent a return to their past work, while earning at least the substantial gainful activity amount that is currently in effect.

3) The claimant's condition is severe enough to prevent a switch to some form of other work, while earning at least the substantial gainful activity amount that is currently in effect.

4) That the claimant's condition, as described in 1-3, will exist for at least 12 months.

Here is a page that discusses how the SSA disability blue book listings consider rheumatoid arthritis.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Disability qualifications - Who will qualify is based on functional limitations
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to file for disability and the information needed by Social Security
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI? Part I
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
How long does it take to get disability?
Filing and applying for disability in Texas