Getting Social Security Disability Benefits for Gout


stressed-employeeGout is one of the conditions that may be automatically approved for disability benefits, if your medical records and history align with the Social Security Administration’s listing requirement under “inflammatory arthritis.”

Gout’s extreme pain is caused by a buildup of excess uric acid in the body. The uric acid can form crystals in the joints, most often affecting the big toe. Uric acid buildup can also cause kidney stones.

Gout’s symptoms include pain, swelling, redness, heat, and stiffness in the joints, including the ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows. Chronic gout may lead to deformity of the joints.

In order to meet the conditions for inflammatory arthritis, under which a disability for gout may be approved, you must be diagnosed with gout and experience the chronic inflammation or ongoing deformity of:

  • at least one major weight-bearing joint, such as a knee, ankle, or hip, that results in your inability to walk in order to perform your day-to-day activities without assistance,


  • at least one major joint in each arm, such as your shoulder, wrist, or hand, that results in your inability to perform day-to-day.

If you do not meet the above conditions, but your gout is severe enough that it causes you difficulty in performing your job, you may still qualify for benefits under another listing, or qualify for partial benefits.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email Disability Professionals  to set up your appointment today.



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