Gout is a common but painful and often debilitating form of arthritis. Gout occurs when there is excess uric acid in your blood and urate crystals develop in your joints. These urate crystals can cause sudden and severe pain in any joint, but it most commonly occurs in the joint at the base of the big toe. After a doctor diagnoses gout, medications are typically prescribed to treat the condition.
And You May Be Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits If You Qualify
Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis. Therefore, you will qualify for Social Security disability benefits if you meet the eligibility requirements for inflammatory arthritis that are described in Section 14.09 of the Listing of Impairments. If you have persistent inflammation or a deformity because of your gout, you should consider the specific requirements of Section 14.09 with your attorney to see if you may qualify for benefits pursuant to this section.
Even if you don’t meet the specific requirements of this listing, you may still be eligible for Social Security disability if you can prove that your disability is equal in severity to this listing or any other) or if you can prove that your disability prevents you from working at any job.
Get the Help You Need Before You Apply for Social Security Disability
The majority of initial Social Security disability applications are denied. While many of these denials are overturned on appeal, the appeal process can be stressful and will result in a delay in your benefit payments. Therefore, it is important to submit a strong application that meets all of the requirements the first time.
Our board certified attorneys can make sure that your application is as strong as possible and we will do everything we can to get you the benefits you deserve as quickly as possible. Please contact us today to set up an initial consultation and to learn more about protecting your right to receive fair Social Security disability benefits if you suffer from gout.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.