Qualify for Disability Benefits Based on Reduced Functional Capacity
Unfortunately, if you have osteoarthritis and do not meet the requirements for any of the blue book listings mentioned above, then the Social Security Administration will review your assessment used by the SSA to decide what work you are still able of doing despite your arthritis condition.
Upper extremity arthritis. If you suffer from osteoarthritis in your arms, hands or shoulders and your RFC assess states you may be limit to work that involves, typing, grabbing, lifting, writing, or reaching. It would make it hard to many jobs and sedentary jobs.
Lower extremity arthritis. If your arthritis affect your spine or legs, it will probably limited you in climbing, squatting, or walking on an uneven surfaces. However, this case of your assessment may limit you in more than sedentary work. Sedentary work involves mostly a sit-down job where don’t have to lift more than ten pounds at a time, which will be working mostly seating down. Social Security Administration will allow you two hours per day standing or walking that is required for sedentary work. Therefore if your condition is severe enough trouble walking due to your arthritis which may cause you unable to perform sedentary work.
If you are unable to do sedentary work, then the Social Security Administration should find you disable due to your condition.
However, if your Assessment report indicates light or medium sedentary work, the Social Security Administration will review your report and compare with level of sedentary work you can do with your past education and job skills to see if you can learn an easily job. Now if you are 50 years old or 55 years old, then the SSA will say you can learn to do a new job, depending on your education level and RFC Assessment.
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