Disability Benefits for Chronic Pain
When the National Center for Health Statistics compiled a comprehensive report in 2006 on chronic pain, they found that one out of every three American adults suffers from some form of this condition. Given the prevalence of chronic pain, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s the leading cause of long-term disability.
Chronic pain is so prevalent is because it can result from a wide range of issues. Shingles, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy and osteoarthritis are just a few examples of health problems that can cause chronic pain. Many causes of chronic pain don’t have a cure it is commonly treated by managing the pain level of sufferers, rather than a complete cure. Since the sources of chronic pain are so diverse, there are a variety of both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical treatment options.
One significant area where chronic pain sufferers are often affected is their ability to work. While treatment can often improve someone’s quality of life so they’re not constantly suffering, that doesn’t mean it will help an individual enough to make it possible for them to work 40 or even 20 hours a week. If you are unable to work because you suffer from chronic pain, you may be in the process of looking into chronic pain disability benefits.
Does the Social Security Administration Approve Chronic Pain Disability Claims?
Yes and no. First, the “bad” news. Researchers have found that as many as 65% of disability claims are initially denied. Although odds less than 50/50 may sound like a losing proposition, the SSA has a clearly defined process for appeals. So the good news for people who have chronic pain hindering their ability to work is when appeals are taken into account, close to 50% of disability claims are ultimately approved
Will a Chronic Pain Social Security Attorney Help Your Claim?
Although the SSA allows applicants to file their own claims, there are several benefits to working with a chronic pain lawyer. One is that a chronic pain disability lawyer understands what evidence is needed in order to show that you have a medically determinable mental or physical impairment.
Even if you’ve already filed a chronic pain social security claim and had your claim denied, an attorney may maximize the odds of being approved upon appeal by reviewing the claim to determine what’s missing.
If you have any additional questions about chronic pain disability claims or want to discuss your specific case, get in touch with attorney Lisa M. Ritacco by calling 877-459-4799 today.