Social Security benefits for fibromyalgia

Social Security Disability Lawyers Discuss Benefits For Fibromyalgia Sufferers

by Staff | August 23rd, 2013

August 23, 2013

In the past several decades, one of the leading causes for Social Security Disability claims has been chronic pain, with a leading cause of such pain being a disease known as fibromyalgia.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by pain in joints and muscles throughout the body. Other symptoms can include fatigue, memory and concentration issues, depression, and gastrointestinal issues.

Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be an extremely complex process though, because there is no single test that can confirm a patient has the condition. This lack of protocol in diagnosing the condition and determining if a patient is truly disabled prompted officials to enact SSR 12-2p in July of 2012. The law gives guidance in determining if a person is impaired due to fibromyalgia.

Several steps of diagnosing a fibromyalgia patient include checking for tenderness in 18 recognized tender spots, as well as confirming a patient has been experiencing pain for a minimum of three months. Testing will also be conducted to rule out other conditions.

If a patient is determined to have fibromyalgia, claims processors examine the treatments the patient has undergone and their success before issuing disability benefits.

The law firm’s team of attorneys are aware of how complex the process of receiving Social Security Disability Benefits can be for those suffering chronic pain. The firm is here to help anyone considering applying for benefits or who has had a claim denied in the past.

Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability Benefits

by Staff | January 8th, 2013

January 7, 2013

The American College of Rheumatology estimates that between three and six million Americans currently suffer from pain associated with fibromyalgia. For many, the pain is debilitating and leaves them unable to work. When a person is unable to perform a job, they are often left needing to file for Social Security Disability benefits; however, those suffering from fibromyalgia pain have historically had a difficult time getting their claims approved.

All that is about to change though. According to LawyersandSettlements.com, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued a ruling this past July that was intended to lay out the groundwork for how adjustors are to now handle cases involving fibromyalgia. The ruling stated that the condition only need to be found to be a “medically determinable impairment,” meaning the cause and diagnosis of a condition could be proven by a doctor.

In the past, fibromyalgia has been considered a “catch-all” condition when doctors are unable to explain a patient’s pain. This has led to many claim examiners denying claims for Social Security Disability benefits on the grounds there is no data to substantiate the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, or the associated pain, as accurate.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin acknowledge the complexities of getting a claim for Social Security Disability benefits approved. That is why the firm would suggest discussing your case with an attorney if you are preparing to file a claim or have a claim that has been denied in the past.