Adult Still’s Disease

People who suffer from a disability may find that they are unable to work due to the symptoms and complications of their condition. While mounting medical bills may seem overwhelming when a person is unable to earn an income, there may be help. Social security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are available to qualified applicants who have worked in the past. These benefits are intended to pay for necessities when a disabled individual is unable to work.

SSDI is a federal insurance program that is funded through paycheck deductions. Since people who have worked in the past have paid into the insurance program, there is no reason to hesitate when applying for much-needed benefits. People who suffer from adult Still’s disease may be eligible for SSDI benefits if they experience certain symptoms and complications that interfere with their ability to work.

What Is Adult Still’s Disease?

Adult Still’s Disease is a type of arthritis that is fairly uncommon. The most distinct symptom of the condition is a salmon-colored rash that appears over the body. Sufferers also commonly experience a sore throat and joint pain within a month of the appearance of the initial rash.

Medical researchers are unsure about the causes of adult Still’s disease, but it is believed that people develop the condition after suffering from an infection. While adult Still’s disease can be a short-term condition, some people suffer from recurrent or persistent Still’s disease.

Adult Still’s disease is inflammatory in nature, and the arthritic condition can be compared to rheumatoid arthritis. The wrists are most prone to inflammation related to adult Still’s disease. Steroids may be used to treat the inflammation caused by adult Still’s disease in an attempt to lessen or eliminate damage to the joints.

The initial rash that appears with Adult Still’s disease can appear on the arms, legs or torso. A high fever that persists for a week is an initial symptom of the condition, and swollen lymph nodes may accompany the fever. Pain and swelling in the joints and generalized muscle pain can also indicate adult Still’s disease. Since the symptoms of adult Still’s disease are commonly associated with other conditions, it is important for sufferers to consult with a physician to have medical tests and screenings completed.

Can You Get Disability Payments For Adult Still’s Disease?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not maintain a listing for adult Still’s disease, but it is possible for sufferers to qualify for benefits if they can prove that the condition has caused severe inflammation in the joints and organs. Inflammation must cause significant, permanent damage in the joints or heart. A buildup of fluid in the lungs could also qualify a person for SSDI benefits.

The most important part of the SSDI benefits application is proof of disability. People who suffer from adult Still’s disease will need to provide medical records including date of diagnosis and results of blood tests and imaging tests. It is essential for applicants to schedule regular appointments with a licensed medical provider to ensure that a thorough medical record is established.

Getting Help From an Attorney

Anyone who suffers from adult Still’s disease and is unable to work as a result should consult with an experienced SSDI attorney. Applying for SSDI benefits is a complicated and confusing process, and many people who apply for benefits without legal representation are denied the benefits that they need to make ends meet. SSDI lawyers are able to guide their clients through the application process to ensure that they file the appropriate paperwork and gather essential medical evidence in order to improve their chances of being approved for benefits.

Ruth F. Kolb, Esquire has been practicing social security disability law since 2003 handling all levels of representation from initial claims through all stages of appeal.