INFLAMMATORY ARTHRITIS – LISTING 14.09
DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR INFLAMMATORY ARTHRITIS
Inflammatory Arthritis, under the SSA’s listing, is a title that is meant to cover a number of disorders. Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Typically, inflammation of major joints is the main sign of arthritis. Additionally, there may be joint pain and swelling around the joints.
Other signs and symptoms can include severe fatigue, fever, and involuntary weight loss. When joints, such as the hips, ankle, or knees are effected it causes difficulty with walking. Hand inflammation causes pain with fine and gross movements. You may not be able to lift or reach if there is pain in your shoulders. This impacts many jobs, like construction worker, painter, or factory worker. Likewise, the inability to walk, lift, and use your hands can stop you from working. For example, if you have arthritis in your hands, you may not be able to type. If you cannot type, you may not be able to perform your job as a secretary or cashier.
LISTING 14.09 – INFLAMMATORY ARTHRITIS
If you can no longer work due to inflammatory arthritis, the SSA will apply listing 14.09 to your case. The listing is outlined below. As you can see, the listing is long. As a result, it is difficult to understand. The main thing to understand about the listing is that no matter what kind of arthritis you have, to be found disabled, it must impact your ability to work. Therefore, it is the D criteria which is most important.
If you read Section D, you will see that the SSA looks at how arthritis impacts you in your activities of daily living. For example, can you shop, do laundry, cook, and clean. If you have trouble with these things due to arthritis, then you may have a disability. Likewise, the SSA will look at whether you are socially active. Do you go to church? Can you go to movies or out to dinner with friends? Or, does your arthritis keep you at home? Finally, the SSA will look at your ability to concentrate and complete tasks. For example, can you remember instructions, follow a recipe, or start a project and finish it? If not, then your arthritis disables you. Below, you will find the listing for inflammatory arthritis.
14.09 Inflammatory arthritis. As described in 14.00D6. With:
1. One or more major peripheral weight-bearing joints resulting in the inability to ambulate effectively (as defined in 14.00C6); or
2. One or more major peripheral joints in each upper extremity resulting in the inability to perform fine and gross movements effectively (as defined in 14.00C7).
1. Ankylosis (fixation) of the dorsolumbar or cervical spine as shown by appropriate medically acceptable imaging and measured on physical examination at 45° or more of flexion from the vertical position (zero degrees); or
2. Ankylosis (fixation) of the dorsolumbar or cervical spine as shown by appropriate medically acceptable imaging and measured on physical examination at 30° or more of flexion (but less than 45°) measured from the vertical position (zero degrees), and involvement of two or more organs/body systems with one of the organs/body systems involved to at least a moderate level of severity.
Section D. Repeated manifestations of inflammatory arthritis, with at least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss) and one of the following at the marked level:
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