Applying for Social Security disability benefits because of gout may be something that you’ve never done before. The process can be confusing and overwhelming, but it is also critically important. Accordingly, we’ve assembled five commonly asked questions about applying for Social Security disability benefits when you have gout and we’ve answered them here so that you can better understand the process and how to protect the disability benefits you’ve earned.
Questions You Need to Have Answered Right Now
If you are applying for Social Security disability then the answers to the following questions are important:
- How bad does my condition have to be to qualify for Social Security disability? All medical conditions that qualify someone for Social Security disability, including gout, must be permanently and completely disabling. You must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity and you must meet the qualifications in the Listing of Impairment for inflammatory arthritis or be able to prove either that your symptoms are equal in severity to another listing or that your symptoms prevent you from working.
- What evidence will I need? You will need medical documentation of gout. This will include your medical records, the results of diagnostic tests, documentation of treatments that you’ve tried and their side effects, and the symptoms you suffer from on a daily basis. Additionally, you will need to provide information about your education and work history.
- How do I start the application process? You can start the application by going to a local Social Security office, applying online, or speaking with a Social Security disability lawyer. The majority of initial Social Security disability applications are denied—many because of avoidable errors on the application itself. This creates headaches and delays in benefits that may be avoided if you work with a lawyer.
- Should I talk to a Social Security disability lawyer? Yes. For the reasons described above, it is important to talk to a board certified Social Security disability attorney before you file a disability application. You may prevent unnecessary delays and stress by working with an experienced lawyer.
- Should I tell my doctor that I’m applying for disability benefits? Yes. Your doctor will not handle the application process for you, but you should tell your doctor of your intentions and make sure that all of your symptoms are documented in your medical record.
Have More Questions? We Have More Answers
Every Social Security disability application is unique and we recognize that you likely have important questions that were not answered here. We invite you to contact our experienced disability lawyers directly via this website or by phone to get your individual questions answered. You can also learn more about the process by downloading a free copy of our book, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.