Success With Disability Claims for Osteoarthritis



Bartolic Law handles Long Term Disability cases at all stages, from filing a claim to lawsuits under ERISA § 502(a). We are who the most discerning clients hire when an insurer denies their claim, and the one they wish they had when another firm loses their appeal and abandons the case. We are Innovative, Authentic, Compassionate, Transparent and Chicago strong. Bartolic Law is nationally renowned for our Innovative work:

Osteoarthritis is a common health condition that causes degeneration of the joints. It can affect any joint in the body, usually those in the knees, hips, hands and spine.
In its later stages, osteoarthritis can be debilitating and make it hard for a person to use their hands or walk without discomfort.
Individuals with osteoarthritis may have trouble completing work, whether their career involves typing, using their hands or frequent standing and lifting.

Success with Long-Term Disability Claims Involving Osteoarthritis

Bartolic Law has gotten many clients suffering from Osteoarthritis long-term disability benefits paid. We have worked at all stages of the case, from making a claim, to challenging a denial, to litigation. In one client’s case, the client suffered from Osteoarthritis in both knees and had a job that required standing and walking all day. Despite double knee replacements, the client still suffered considerable pain when standing and walking. The insurer initially denied the claim asserting the knee replacements restored full functionality, but we successfully persuaded the insurer the relief was not to a point to permit that kind of standing and walking.

In another case, we had a client with severe Osteoarthritis in the client’s hands and wrists, and the client’s work required frequent use of a computer, as many do today. Insurers’ assessment forms and medical reviews rarely focus on the capacity to use a computer or type, so we obtained an upper extremity specific functional capacity evaluation that focused on computer use, showing the client could not use the computer. While the insurer focused on sitting, standing, and walking, we redirected the focus on the main issue and helped the client get disability benefits paid.

This is the most frequently diagnosed type of arthritis, and millions of people suffer from this painful condition. Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage that protects your bones wears down and affects your joints, including your hips, knees, hands, spine, and more. There is no way to reverse the damage caused by osteoarthritis, and you can experience pain, stiffness, swelling, bone spurs, crackling or popping, and other symptoms when you move the joint.

Many people with osteoarthritis struggle to engage in everyday activities, including completing job duties. This degenerative condition will only get worse over time.


If your osteoarthritis is progressing and making it difficult to work, don’t wait to contact an attorney.

Discuss Your Options With an Experienced Chicago Long-Term Disability Attorney

If osteoarthritis has a serious effect on your ability to work, you might qualify for long-term disability benefits. This process can be difficult, but Bartolic Law is ready to help. To find out how we might be able to assist, complete the questionnaire below, and one of our representatives will contact you.

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