By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

In the vibrant state of Florida, where the sunshine beckons, the challenges of living with psoriatic arthritis can cast a shadow on the daily lives of many. If you find yourself in this situation, applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a critical lifeline. At Disability Advocates Group, our skilled Florida SSDI and SSI Attorneys understand the unique struggles faced by those with psoriatic arthritis, and we’re here to guide you through the SSDI and SSI claims process. This blog post aims to shed light on common mistakes that can delay the approval of your claim.

Understanding Psoriatic Arthritis and Its Impact

Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune condition that combines the symptoms of arthritis and psoriasis, affecting joints and skin. The unpredictable nature of this disease can significantly hinder one’s ability to maintain employment, making it a legitimate basis for SSDI and SSI claims.

Common Mistakes That Can Hinder Approval

  1. Incomplete Medical Documentation:
    • Mistake: Submitting incomplete medical records that do not comprehensively detail the impact of psoriatic arthritis.
    • Solution: Ensure your medical records provide a clear picture of your diagnosis, treatment plan, and the functional limitations imposed by the condition.
  2. Lack of Objective Medical Evidence:
    • Mistake: Relying solely on subjective complaints without supporting objective medical evidence.
    • Solution: Include test results, imaging studies, and statements from healthcare professionals to bolster the credibility of your claim.
  3. Failure to Detail Symptoms and Limitations:
    • Mistake: Underestimating the importance of articulating specific symptoms and how they limit your ability to work.
    • Solution: Clearly describe pain levels, fatigue, stiffness, and any other symptoms that affect your daily life and work.
  4. Inconsistent Medical History:
    • Mistake: Providing a medical history that lacks consistency or shows gaps in treatment.
    • Solution: Ensure a consistent and documented history of medical treatments, therapies, and medications related to psoriatic arthritis.
  5. Lack of Communication with Healthcare Providers:
    • Mistake: Failing to communicate effectively with healthcare providers about the purpose of your disability claim.
    • Solution: Clearly express the need for detailed documentation supporting the functional limitations imposed by psoriatic arthritis.

Why Legal Representation Matters

  1. Navigating Legal Complexities:
    • The SSDI and SSI application processes involve intricate legal complexities that can be challenging to navigate without professional representation.
  2. Ensuring Compliance with SSA Criteria:
    • Attorneys ensure that your case aligns with the specific criteria set by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for psoriatic arthritis claims.
  3. Comprehensive Case Presentation:
    • Attorneys assist in building a compelling case that effectively communicates the severity and impact of psoriatic arthritis on your ability to work.

How Disability Advocates Group Can Support You

  1. Personalized Approach:
    • We recognize that each psoriatic arthritis case is unique, tailoring our approach to your specific circumstances.
  2. Experienced Legal Team:
    • Our team of experienced Social Security Disability attorneys has a proven track record of success in handling psoriatic arthritis-related cases.


The SSDI and SSI claims process for psoriatic arthritis requires attention to detail and a comprehensive understanding of both the medical condition and legal processes involved. Whether you live in Tampa or Port St. Lucie, the Florida SSDI and SSI Lawyers at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to providing the legal expertise needed to expedite your claim’s approval. Contact us today, and let’s work together to secure the support you deserve on your journey to financial stability.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.