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Rheumatoid Arthritis or “RA” is an incurable form of inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disease. When applying for Social Security Disability (“SSD”) benefits, the most expeditious way to establish entitlement to benefits is to show that the claimant meets the criteria under “listing” 14.09.
We represent a 47 year old Vice President of Human Resources from Glen Cove, who was approved for SSD benefits in five months, without requiring a hearing. There was no written decision because the claimant was approved at an early stage. However, we were able to access the internal documents from the Social Security file, and learned that the claimant met listing 14.09 because of the effect that the RA had on her hands. We had submitted a report that focused on how the claimant’s use of her hands were limited, and treatment records that reflected the nodules on them.
The SSD claim process is a lengthy one, especially during the COVID era. Explaining why the medical evidence supported the claimant meeting the listing significantly expedited her receipt of SSD benefits. This is why it is so important to have a disability attorney representing you for SSD benefits. If you are planning on applying for SSD, or have already applied on your own, please call my office for a free phone consultation. Our offices are conveniently located on Long Island in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.Previous Next
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