Is Persistent Pain Keeping You From Work? You May Be Eligible for Benefits.
“Many chronic pain conditions affect older adults. Common chronic pain complaints include headache, low back pain, cancer pain, arthritis pain, neurogenic pain or psychogenic pain. A person may have two or more coexisting chronic pain conditions. Such conditions can include chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and vulvodynia.”
— National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Did you know that you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if you have chronic pain that does not allow you to work for at least one year? Even if your specific ailment is not listed as a standard medical impairment, the Social Security Administration will consider how the pain limits your ability to earn a living.
However, in order to prove that you qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits because of your chronic pain condition, it is extremely helpful to have a well-trained and knowledgeable law firm on your side. At Florida Disability Advocates, we are here to educate and assist you with every step of the disability benefits process. Our Tampa and Orlando chronic pain attorney, Chad Lawrence, has 25 years of legal experience and has helped numerous individuals with disabilities obtain the benefits they need.
Depression: A Common Side Effect
Many times, chronic pain causes a chemical reaction in the brain, decreasing the brain’s production of dopamine. In turn, the lowered level of dopamine causes depression. This is the body’s normal response to severe and ongoing pain.
Although depression is not specifically listed as an impairment by the Social Security Administration, severe depression that is properly documented in your medical records and prevents you from holding a job may still qualify you for benefits. At Florida Disability Advocates, we understand the serious effect that depression can have on all aspects of a person’s life, and we are here to make sure the Social Security Administration clearly understands the implications as well.
Call an Orlando or Tampa Disability Lawyer for Fibromyalgia or Other Conditions
If you suffer from chronic pain that prevents you from working, do not hesitate to learn more about your options for pursuing Social Security Disability benefits. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Florida Disability Advocates today. Simply call our Orlando office at 407-738-4866 or our Tampa office at 813-434-0905, or fill out our online contact form.
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