Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia Disability Lawyer for Pennsylvania, New Jersey & Surrounding Areas
Fibromyalgia Disability Help
Because fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder, it can cause pain throughout someone’s entire body. And as a result of the widespread pain it can cause, fibromyalgia is often linked to mood issues, memory challenges, sleep complications and fatigue. While fibromyalgia is a complicated disorder with many components, the one that makes it most unique is who it impacts. While fibromyalgia affects as many as six million American adults, studies have found that less than 20% of those individuals are men.
For fibromyalgia sufferers, one of the most frustrating aspects of this condition is that its exact cause is unknown. While significant psychological stress, infection, surgery or trauma are all factors that can trigger fibromyalgia, scientists still don’t understand the exact course this disorder follows as it begins and progresses. Because so much is still unknown about fibromyalgia, there’s not a single course of treatment for attempting to manage or cure the symptoms of this disorder. Instead, most doctors opt to use multi-faceted approaches to dealing with fibromyalgia.
In establishing a strong Social Security Disability claim based on fibromyalgia it is important to have diagnosis and treatment by a doctor qualified to evaluate fibromyalgia patients, such as a rheumatologist or neurologist. A thorough examination including how many tender points a patient exhibits on exam should be documented in the medical records. Fibromyalgia is largely a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that other disorders that could potentially cause the same symptoms should be tested for and excluded before the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is confirmed.
Denied Fibromyalgia Disability Benefits?
One of the challenges with fibromyalgia is the absence of a specific medical test to confirm the illness. Diagnosis is made based on a physical exam and a physician’s evaluation. The symptoms of fibromyalgia may be subtle at first, so many patients try to keep working through their pain. There is no definitive diagnostic test, so proving fibromyalgia may be a challenge and many patients may be misdiagnosed at first. All these factors may make it more challenging to prove your eligibility for disability benefits.
If you have fibromyalgia, it is important to find healthcare practitioners who will support you and offer you a firm diagnosis. You should work with a fibromyalgia disability attorney who can strengthen your claim. In July 2012, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued a ruling to help administrative law judges and claims examiners evaluate fibromyalgia cases. An attorney is familiar with them — and other rulings — and may ensure they are applied in your case. An attorney may also ensure your physician submits adequate information and documentation about your case to strengthen it.
Fibromyalgia continues to be a frequently denied claim, but you can move forward if you were denied disability benefits. If you are having trouble securing benefits or have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and are applying for benefits for the first time, contact the law office of Lisa M. Ritacco for a full evaluation of your situation and to learn proactive ways to strengthen your case.
Proving Eligibility for Fibromyalgia Disability Benefits
If you are applying for disability benefits or Social Security for fibromyalgia, you need to establish how the condition has affected your ability to earn an income. Patients with fibromyalgia have symptoms that vary widely. Some people can maintain employment while others have symptoms that prevent them from working. To prove your eligibility, you need to show your symptoms keep you from work.
You may also want to work with an orthopedist or rheumatologist to document your condition. The medical opinion of a specialist — such as an orthopedist or rheumatologist — may carry more weight than that of a general practitioner. In addition, a specialist may be able to provide more details and information to the SSA about your symptoms and your condition.
Medical evidence such as X-rays may not prove your condition, so the evaluation of a specialist may show your condition is medically determinable — rather than a default diagnosis made by a general practitioner. Specialists may also be more current about the most recent diagnostic profile of fibromyalgia, which helps them present evidence of the condition in your case.
Detailed documentation of your medical evaluations and your attempts at treatment may also help establish the seriousness and the ongoing nature of your condition. To help prove your eligibility for disability benefits, contact the law office of Lisa M. Ritacco. The law office of Lisa M. Ritacco focuses on disability benefits, ensuring you work with a legal team highly experienced in fibromyalgia disability benefit applications.
What Exactly Does a Fibromyalgia Social Security Attorney Do?
During the course of researching the disability benefits available for this disorder, many fibromyalgia sufferers come across information about hiring a fibromyalgia lawyer. If you’ve found similar information, you may be wondering exactly what a fibromyalgia disability lawyer can do for you and your claim.
Although lawyers who specialize in this area have a variety of skills, many people would say the most important thing they do is ensure that claims are properly structured and filed before being submitted. The same is true for appeals that are handled by fibromyalgia social security lawyers.
The reason this aspect of a fibromyalgia lawyer’s job is so important is because the Social Security Administration denies over sixty percent of the claims they receive. While there’s a long list of reasons why a claim can be denied, a significant percentage is denied because applicants structure their claim incorrectly or don’t include enough evidence to properly support their claim.
Even though statistics show that claims represented by a lawyer are thirty percent more likely to be approved, no reputable lawyer will guarantee that they can win all of the fibromyalgia disability claims that are submitted to them. That’s why most disability lawyers don’t charge an upfront fee. Instead, they only collect their payment after winning a claim.
If you are unable to work because of fibromyalgia, call 877-459-4799 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Lisa M. Ritacco. During your free consultation, you’ll be able to discuss your specific case and get answers to any additional questions you have about fibromyalgia disability benefits.
For more information on Fibromyalgia visit the National Fibromyalgia Association.