Can I Get Social Security Disability For Gout?

Aug 05, 2011 Comments Off on Can I Get Social Security Disability For Gout? by

Question: Can I get Social Security disability for gout?

Answer: Maybe. A lawyer’s favorite answer. Although no one doubts that a gout attack  is extremely painful, it is not easy to get Social Security disability benefits based solely on gout. You have to stay disabled 12 straight months.

One problem is that gout is usually not something that continually affects a person. It is episodic. It come and goes. Between attacks a person with gout may have few if any symptoms.

Another problem is that there is a perception that gout can be controlled with medication. This perception may not be completely accurate but it’s out there. Blame the ads you see on television.

Usually, people who file for Social Security disability and are troubled by gout have other physical or mental illness that will help them win their Social Security disability claim.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.