Pinched nerves, skeletal problems, and neurological diseases may result in chronic pain, which might not respond to medication. Chronic pain conditions can be debilitating, leaving victims unable to earn a living. Fortunately, you may be able to collect Social Security disability due to a chronic pain issue, depending on the underlying condition and the amount of documentation your physician can provide.
What Are the Causes of Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is considered a symptom, rather than a diagnosable medical condition in its own right. These debilitating symptoms can be traced to a variety of causes, including traumatic injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and peripheral neuropathy. However, in some cases, chronic pain has no known cause and might continue to grow worse over time.
How Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security disability benefits are reserved for people with impairments directly caused by conditions that can be medically identified. In general, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will not approve a claim based on symptoms alone, no matter how severe they might be, so chronic pain patients must submit medical records demonstrating some physical impairment causing the symptoms. This might include X-rays, test results, or CT scans, along with doctors’ notes describing your symptoms and their observations about a possible diagnosis.
What Impairments Are Covered by Social Security Disability?
Although the SSA doesn’t recognize chronic pain as a separate disability, victims experiencing fibromyalgia or debilitating arthritis may be able to collect benefits. Patients who have suffered a back injury, chronic renal failure, or any neurological disorder that results in chronic pain may also be able to qualify, with the help of an experienced disability attorney.
As Cincinnati, OH’s trusted Social Security attorneys, David W. Kapor & Associates has helped countless clients navigate the process and collect the benefits they need. At this experienced law firm, you’ll always work directly with an attorney who wants to make a difference in your life. Visit their website to learn more about Social Security disability, or call (513) 721-2820 to discuss your case with a trusted local attorney.