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Qualifying for SSD benefits due to joint pain

A common question that we here at the David-Morris Law Firm field from clients in Hattiesburg is at what disabling must an injury be before they might qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The answer to that question depends on the type of injury you are dealing with. There are certain cases where the limitations imposed by an injury may be clear. Yet in those that are not, what standard must be met before you can qualify for benefit assistance?

The Social Security Administration has defined those for you. Say you have a general musculoskeletal injury (such as joint pain). Such an injury may be result of a single traumatic or cumulative "wear-and-tear" on your joint. In any event, it can make performing both your work duties as well as simple daily activities difficult. It is when this difficulty endures for an extended period of times that the need for SSD benefits arises. 

Per the SSA's Listing of Impairments, your joint injury must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for benefits: 

  • Gross anatomical deformity (such as subluxation, instability or contracture)
  • Chronic pain and stiffness with signs of abnormal movement or limitation of motion
  • Documented imaging studies detailing joint space narrowing, bony destruction or anylosis of the affected joint

Furthermore, your injury must involve a major peripheral weight bearing joint (such as your hip, knee or ankle) that limits you from ambulating effectively or a major upper extermity joint (such as your shoulder, elbow or wrist) that prevents you from performing fine and gross movements. 

You can learn more about qualifying for SSD benefits by continuing to explore our site. 

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