Chronic pain can be debilitating, in serious cases making it impossible to support yourself or carry out simple everyday tasks. While chronic pain sufferers may qualify for Social Security Disability, collecting the benefits you need will likely require extensive documentation and the expertise of a legal professional. Below are a few details patients dealing with this painful condition should know about filing a disability claim.
Collecting Social Security Disability for Chronic Pain
What Is Chronic Pain?
Any ongoing or recurring pain that persists longer than most injuries or medical conditions may be classified as “chronic pain,” regardless of how it manifests. Headaches, nerve damage, or pain in the muscle or joints can all be considered chronic pain symptoms. Chronic pain issues can be caused by a variety of medical conditions, including neurological disorders and degenerative muscular diseases.
When Can You Claim Benefits?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires applicants to prove that they have a severe, medically determinable condition, not just serious symptoms. Your medical records should include doctor’s notes, test results, and MRI images establishing that you suffer from a serious disease or injury likely to cause pain so severe that you cannot work. Because Social Security Disability only covers long-term disability, you’ll also have to show that the condition causing your chronic pain symptoms will last for at least one year or result in death.
What Conditions Are Covered by Social Security Disability?
The SSA maintains a listing of impairments that may automatically qualify for benefits, including inflammatory arthritis, fibromyalgia, or severe back injuries. However, even if your condition is not included in the SSA’s list, you may be able to qualify for benefits if you can show that your impairment severely limits your ability to function normally and work full time.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, The Gil Law Firm has the expertise to deal with the government on your behalf. From their offices in Dothan, this accomplished legal team has been helping disabled individuals throughout Alabama, Florida, and Georgia get the benefits they deserve for nearly 20 years. Visit their website for more on their Social Security Disability services, follow their Twitter for tips and news, or call (334) 673-0100 to schedule a consultation today.