Does Chronic Pain Qualify For Disability?
Get the Benefits You Deserve
Living with chronic pain, or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), can be taxing.
Small chores can turn into momentous feats. You struggle with everyday tasks like getting the paper or taking the trash out. You can’t imagine working full-time in such a state.
Social Security Disability benefits exist for people just like you. When you can’t work because of your health, it’s hard to imagine how you’re going to pay your normal expenses.
If you have medical bills on top of that, you start to worry about financial ruin.
The monthly disability checks can save you from that crushing stress. But unfortunately, winning your disability claim can be difficult. In fact, most people are denied on their first application.
An experienced disability advocate can help guide you through the Social Security Disability system, which can be baffling to outsiders.
If you’re in Washington, DC, or anywhere in Maryland or Virginia and need help winning the benefits you deserve, call Mathis & Mathis today.
Social Security Disability is all we do.
Common Types of Chronic Pain That Could Qualify for Disability
Social Security recently started recognizing CRPS as a qualifying disorder for disability benefits.
Some common types of chronic pain that we’ve seen qualify:
- Pain in a specific area of your body
- Unexplained swelling
- Chronic inflammation
- Noticeable changes to your skin
- Sensitivity to touch, which may even make wearing clothes uncomfortable or painful
- Abnormal nail or hair growth
- Involuntary movements
At its worst, CRPS can affect your entire body. And if your symptoms aren’t on the list above, don’t worry—you can still qualify.
You’ll have to meet Social Security’s baseline standard for benefits:
- Your chronic pain forces you out of work.
- You’re unable to switch to a new line of work.
- You won’t be able to work for at least a year.
We understand this can all feel overwhelming. We’re here to help—no matter where you are in the process.
We can answer any questions you have, and we’ll even evaluate your case at no cost to you.
How to Prove You Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits
Sadly, you can’t just tell Social Security you have CRPS and expect to receive benefits. You have to prove it.
To win your claim, you’ll need to include thorough evidence of your pain. You need documentation such as:
- Medical records of your ongoing treatment
- Lab test results
- Statements from your doctors, psychologist/psychiatrist and friends/coworkers/family
- Records of how CRPS affects you daily life, such as journal entries
At Mathis & Mathis, our disability advocates can ease your burden. We’ll help you gather the correct evidence and present it properly.
We know the system, and we know how to give you the best chance at winning you the benefits you need. Don’t take a chance when it comes to your wellbeing.
If you’re in Maryland, Viriginia or Washington, DC, get in touch to get your case started.